This is the first part of our series on push technologies. This article will look at Webhooks, explaining what they are, how they work and why they are well suited to use cases where the underlying data is constantly refreshing. We will also look at examples of APIs that are supporting this style.
The Twitter Streaming API has been successfully used by Yahoo!, Google, and Microsoft, who have been given access to the full feed of all public tweets. Twitter has now enabled this "firehouse" of data for a number of other companies.
The Take.io API from Brazil has a REST protocol with data formats in XML and JSON. According to Take.net, "The take.io RESTful API currently defines five services: SSO, Core, Billing, Messages and Reports." The company states further that, "Take.io is Take.net DNA translated into a set of APIs designed to allow companies to use SMS, MMS, voice, pricing, location, CRM, etc., all of which are integrated with their existing systems."