December 6, 2015
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Yahoo has just released a major update to YQL, the Yahoo Query Language platform they first launched late last year as part of their Yahoo Open Strategy. YQL is a SQL-like programming interface to all Yahoo data that can also support non-Yahoo data as well (think of queries that look like: select id from flickr.photos.search where text='car'). This week's release adds a set of new features called Yahoo Execute which begin putting in place more pieces of a powerful cloud-based development platform.
Roll-your-own API service Usergrid has been acquired by API management company Apigee. Usergrid could potentially help Apigee reach out to mobile developers increasingly finding themselves needing APIs to interact with their apps. It's part of a trend of developers not only being API consumers, but also API providers--at least privately to their own apps.
Appcelerator, a leading cross-platform development tools company has announced the release of its flagship product, Titanium 2.0 that provides developers with a single platform to develop native, hybrid and mobile web applications along with the release of the Appcelerator Cloud Services, that makes it dead simple for mobile applications to integrate cloud services into their applications.