The DroneDeploy Map Engine as a Service Curl Sample Code demonstrates how to use the DroneDeploy map processing engine as a service. Developers can generate 3D maps from photos via API, without building a photogrammetry pipeline. A guide is available to set up a plan and image transfer object, add images, run exports, and access the generated tiles.
Shephertz supports developers with BaaS APIs for Time Service and gift management. Apple seeks to overhaul its mapping APIs. Plus: Hackathons and the new machine learning platform, and Apigee issues a global API challenge.
Recently launched, Everlapse, is a free iOS app for sharing images and slideshows. Communicating with images is already a winning formula in the world of social networking, but Everlapse makes it a little more interesting by providing something that is a bit more stimulating than just static photos, but not quite as complicated as videos. In a nutshell, it allows users to create and contribute to clips which are made up of various photos and displayed as a slideshow. By providing the Everlapse API, the company also makes it possible for developers to integrate this functionality with other applications.
Cloud APIs are all about the endpoints: some services follow the current trend of providing a RESTful end point, others use older protocols such as RPC or SOAP, some use newer - push focused - endpoints like WebSockets or HTTP Streaming, others may offer a number of different endpoints to meet different requirements and some just use what seems to be best for a specific job which might mean not strictly following protocol rules. But is providing an endpoint to a service alone good enough? Should a developer really have to care about how a service is built or accessed when they can use a client library?