The line between what constitutes a software-as-a-service (SaaS) application and a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) environment has always been relatively thin. SaaS applications that expose an API to third-party developers can quickly transform into a development platform.
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.
ACTIVE Network, a leading provider of activity and participant management solutions, has announced that the company is inviting developers to participate in the first-ever "HACKTIVE" public hackathon. The 24-Hour hackathon will take place Saturday, September 21 - Sunday, September 22 in San Diego, California and awards will be given to developers for creating the best applications using ACTIVE Network APIs.