With the beginning of the NCAA Basketball tournaments, otherwise known as March Madness, it’s not just the teams that are feeling the anxiety. There are a lot of owners of Web sites out there that have applications that are either specifically tied to the games themselves or are connected to advertising campaigns that have the potential to go viral at any moment.
Today at its latest Campfire One event, Google announced major updates to Google App Engine, their scalable cloud computing platform for web applications. App Engine developers will soon be able to create web-scale applications using standard Java APIs, and will be able to create AJAX components using Google's Web Toolkit. Other major features include cron support for scheduling tasks, tools for securely accessing and importing data, and a new Google development plugin for the Eclipse IDE.
Social Foundry, plug and play API infrastructure provider, has announced REST support for its SOAPbox API adaptor. SOAPbox exposes database operations through web services. This simplifies API creation, so software and app developers can concentrate on functionality, not manual coding methods.