June 27, 2018
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Appcelerator, a company focused on cross-platform development tools, has started extending itself into the world of APIs by offering mobile developers drop-in tools for integrating their applications with popular web services. Appcelerator recently announced a new offering called Titanium+Plus, a set of premium modules that developers can purchase to incorporate into applications built using Titanium Mobile, Appcelerator's open source mobile development platform. Rather than mainly providing new or deeper access to the core functions of devices, the new Titanium+Plus modules are focused outward—or maybe upward—towards the cloud. In fact, the announcement came with a new tagline: "The cloud starts here™".
Transloadit offers media upload, modification, and storage as a service for developers who need that functionality (or, as Transloadit's homepage puts it, "geeks who run web or mobile applications") but don't want to worry about it themselves. There aren't too many moving parts to it, but they're ones a lot of applications make use of. The Transloadit API's main functions include: file upload, image resizing, video file encoding, image thumbnail creations, and file storage on Amazon S3.
Facebook is partnering with cloud hosting service Heroku to make Facebook application deployment more plug-and-play. The new service likely uses the Heroku API to allow developers to instantly have a basic Facebook app running in minutes instead of hours or days. Facebook's app wizard lets you choose from Heroku's supported languages, then pre-populates an app with working examples of common tasks using the Facebook API.