November 5, 2019
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Even though Alaska Airlines was one of the first airlines to offer an iPhone application, allowing travelers to check-in and use their phone as mobile boarding pass, early efforts were essentially just "screen-scraped" from the companies website, providing a very poor user experience, not really delivering on the process of the mobile web. Since you're a ProgrammableWeb reader, you can probably guess what the company needed. After all, mobile has fueled API growth.
Windows Azure, the mobile back end as a service platform, has added custom APIs, Git, NPM, Android Push Notifications, along with a free SQL DB. As Scott Guthrie, who builds for Microsoft, demonstrates on his "Scottgu blog," the creation of custom APIs is extremely simple. Here's the first shot at the start of building an API that works with a to do list.