The Gravatar .NET SDK by Gravatar allows to communicate with the API to access avatar data. With the SDK, developers can create, delete, and select an avatar photo without leaving an application. Resources include addresses, user image, and URL.
Transloadit offers media upload, modification, and storage as a service for developers who need that functionality (or, as Transloadit's homepage puts it, "geeks who run web or mobile applications") but don't want to worry about it themselves. There aren't too many moving parts to it, but they're ones a lot of applications make use of. The Transloadit API's main functions include: file upload, image resizing, video file encoding, image thumbnail creations, and file storage on Amazon S3.
Californian startup Espresso Logic has been given $1.6 million by investors who believe the backend service provider can create the "executable napkin". Espresso Logic also promises to make using SQL databases as simple as NoSQL, CEO R. Paul Singh told ProgrammableWeb after the funding announcement.
With developers more or less forcing the issue all kinds of new data models are finding their way into the enterprise. One of the more popular ones are a form of NoSQL database technology based on a Key/Value store architecture. As a leading proponent of such an architecture Couchbase has already seen a 400 percent growth in sales this year, which accounts for why it was able to announce today that it has picked up another $25 million in financing.