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Stannp.com is a free app that allows users to quickly and easily create their own custom-made postcards. The company provides the Stannp API that allows developers to integrate this tool into other applications. By snapping a picture or using an existing image, the user has the option to customize the image with fun effects and add the finished product to their Facebook wall, email it to a friend or have it turned into a real postcard to be posted the same day.
The Netflix API launched in 2008 with the same hope as many API providers: to attract developers who would build amazing applications on top of the service. Fast-forward 3 years: with more than 23 million subscribers in the United States and Canada, Netflix is the world's leading Internet subscription service and the way in which millions of people are watching movies and TV shows -- not just via DVDs shipped to their home, but increasingly online.
When the time comes to test how various implementations of different types of browsers actually work with a particular application, much trial and error still exist. Despite the rise of application testing services in the cloud, testing browser compatibility against a production application is still problematic. More often than not, when testing does occur, it’s against a replica of the application running in a different environment, being accessed by browsers that might not even have any of the plug-ins that the application may need to support in a production environment.