Drops brings viewers closer to games by rewarding them for viewing. It allows you to create an ecosystem that extends outside the game and enriches the experience when viewers return. This code sample is a simple NodeJS Express web application illustrating how to authenticate players, create connections to VHS, and process VHS heartbeats. Twitch will POST the Viewer Heartbeat Service JSON formatted data to your designated HTTPS endpoint every minute, on each reported channel. The Twitch API allows you to develop your own applications using a rich feature set and provides a way to get data about which streams are live, change information about specific channels, and use Twitch Identity to log into your application. Twitch is a video platform and community for gamers and developers that want to learn how to build tools and integrations for social video platforms.
Salesforce.com is holding its flagship event Dreamforce at Moscone Center in San Franscisco this week, and before we spend time covering some of its new initiatives in what the company calls the Social Enterprise, I thought it would be a good time to review the APIs that developers can use as part of the DeveloperForce program.
Thirty-one APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Financial, Video, and Privacy. Featured today are APIs for gathering stock market data from Dow Jones and adding Vidme video features into applications. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.
While social networking sites already help users maintain connections with friends and interest groups, a recent trend in web services has been the growth of semantic technologies that connect people across different websites. New York startup AdaptiveBlue offer a service called "Glue," which uses semantic web techniques to understand the content of popular web pages that describe lifestyle objects such as books, music, and movies. It then lets you do many useful, in-context things based on that data, such as learn more about the movie or actors on IMDB, buy the soundtrack on Amazon, read the historical background on Wikipedia, and a interact with a variety of other sites and services.