Thanksgiving is one of those times of the year when everyone naturally gets a little more retrospective. With that in mind now is as good a time as any to reflect on what developers should be thankful for in 2012. To that end, arguably the thing that made developers in the last year more productive than any time in recent memory was RESTful APIs. After all, the value of any application rises in almost direct proportion to the number of other applications it can be integrated with. RESTful APIs have made it easier to integrate applications than ever.
RESTful approaches to APIs have made them easier to deploy and consume, leading to a recent explosion in the number of available APIs. One byproduct of such growth is there are a lot of APIs offering similar or even duplicate services, but that have very different approaches to delivering their APIs. Cloud computing and social networking are two areas where we’ve seen the growth in APIs. As the number of APIs grow, the need for interoperability increases.
The week is half done and we bring you some of the stories we couldn't cover with a look at what is going on in the world of APIs including Amazon releasing the Alexa Voice Service Device SDK to bring Alexa to connected devices, Coinbase's latest foray into bitcoin based security patents and more.