In Other API Economy News: Apple Brings Native Cryptography to the Web Browser and More

We start your week off with a review of the stories we couldn’t cover with a look at what what going on in the world of APIs. Leading off on the security front, Apple recently dedicated a blog post to their implementation of the WebCrypto APITrack this API in an effort to bring cryptography native to the web browser. The API is included in Webkit, the web browser engine that powers Safari, and is used for various information security tasks such as data confidentiality, data integrity, authentication and more. There are a number of third party JavaScript cryptography libraries available but Apple’s claim is that by being built on native APIs, that WebCrypto is more secure and outperforms the available libraries. The blog post goes over a number of tests to back up the assertion that WebCypto should be the standard that developers use for implementing secure interfaces on the Web.

Fresh off this month’s Net Neutrality Day of Action comes an interesting SDK that looks to do its part to preserve net neutrality. AnchorFree, a provider of a freemium based virtual private network (VPN) has announced an SDK that claims to protect apps so internet service providers can’t throttle traffic. The FCC does not currently support net neutrality which is the principle that Internet service providers should enable equal access to content and applications regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking particular products or websites. The SDK lets companies send their traffic through AnchorFree’s servers via their Hotspot Shield VPN product, thus blocking ISPs from tracking user data or censoring or throttling traffic.

Lastly, Atlassian announced the Commit API that lets developers integrate Bitbucket Cloud into external services and retrieve information that is normally accessible in the command line or commit. Features of the API include:

  • Read and write access to files and directories at any point in the repository history (by specifying commit, tag, or branch name) using only authenticated HTTP requests.
  • Add-ons can perform previously unavailable actions such as  creating and reading files, and creating and reading commits.
  • It is repository agnostic, so add-ons can be created for all Bitbucket users
Wendell Santos is the editor at ProgrammableWeb.com. You can reach him at wendell@programmableweb.com. Connect to Wendell on Twitter at @wendell78 or Google+.
 

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