Zapier automates tasks between online services and APIs. Zapier provides seamless integration between almost 200 different web services. Additionally, Zapier just launched a new API Status Board. The API Status Board helps developers uncover downtime for any of the APIs Zapier integrates. Zapier co-founder and CEO, Wade Foster, told PW: "[W]e typically catch outages even before vendors are reporting them."
Moving to make their rapid application development platform as widely accessible as possible, Mendix today launched Mendix AppCloud. Announced at the Mendix World 2014 conference, AppCloud is an implementation of the company's platform-as-a-service (PaaS) environment that is used for rapidly developing applications on a cloud platform managed by Mendix. In addition, Mendix also announced that it is making available a free community edition of its PaaS environment that small teams of up to 10 developers can use to build applications.