Just about every provider of a platform in the cloud is moving down the same path; albeit at different rates of speed. First they figure out that developers of third-party applications can drive more usage of their platform, so they publish a private API. However, it’s not too long before they figure out that making that API public winds up driving the most usage of their platform.
Earlier this week Amazon announced that a number of Oracle products are now available on Amazon Web Services (AWS). If you are not familiar with AWS, these are a set of pay-as-you-go services (such as virtual servers and data storage) that together form a computing platform “in the cloud."
Appy Pie, cloud based mobile apps builder, continues to add to its list of supported APIs. Its latest additions include some of the most prevalent names in image sharing: Facebook, Flickr, Pinterest, Picassa and Instagram. The image newcomers to the Appy Pie portfolio allow developers to share images in realtime with users.