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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™".
MBaaS provides mobile developers with LIBERTY and CONVENIENCE. LIBERTY in the sense of self-determination, control and an independent destiny--they can communicate with, manage, understand and serve their users without being beholden to external influences. An app developer who doesn’t control their users has no independent future. CONVENIENCE is a simple matter of reducing time-to-market, risk and cost of development.
Thirteen APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Telephony, Platform-as-a-Service, Big Data, and API Design. Featured today is an API from Paw API development tool for Mac and Vantiv APIs for payments. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.