Google continues to churn out releases to its platform-as-a-service Google App Engine API. Since the beginning of the year, there have been new releases every 4-6 weeks. The latest is out with focus on bringing parity between its Java and Python releases, a couple of new APIs that allow writing applications that monitor incoming live data and read/write files, and some task queue/cron updates.
The Netflix API launched in 2008 with the same hope as many API providers: to attract developers who would build amazing applications on top of the service. Fast-forward 3 years: with more than 23 million subscribers in the United States and Canada, Netflix is the world's leading Internet subscription service and the way in which millions of people are watching movies and TV shows -- not just via DVDs shipped to their home, but increasingly online.
Business applications created on the Cloudfier platform inherently contain an API that grants full access to app functionality through the Cloudfier API. Cloudfier allows users to define a business centric solution with Cloudfier’s business programming language. After the solution is defined, the platform automatically creates a web application. Cloudfier was built on Elipse Orion and aims to move towards a new type of development.