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There’s nothing quite as adventurous in all of IT as spending months building an application that depends on a third-party API for its success. For the most part, developers usually don’t know for sure how much stress the IT infrastructure supporting any given API can stand. If their application is wildly successful, it could suddenly slow to a crawl when that third-party API gets overwhelmed by requests.
The emergence of platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offerings as a foundation to build applications in a way that abstracts traditional middleware is proving to be a boon for developers in the age of the cloud. The challenge is that there is no such thing as a single cloud. The cloud actually consists of a mix of programmable platforms that lie both inside and out of the traditional enterprise. Apprenda wants to make it easier to invoke those cloud resources with the inclusion of an API that allows developers to dynamically scale resources in response to user traffic demands or a specific policy requirement within the PaaS environment.
Now you can use an API to find out once and for all whether you are among the living. The U.S. Social Security Administration maintains a "death index" to prevent fraud. CDYNE Corporation subscribes to the updates and has opened the index up with a fee-based API (details at our Death Index API profile).