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As the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread worldwide, APIs can help make information about it widely available. The GitHub repository under the name NovelCOVID has released an API that tracks data about the number of current cases of the virus. It is a simple RESTful API with two resources.
Arguably, Salesforce.com brought the software-as-a-service (SaaS) concept mainstream. Today, if software isn't available as a service, it's considered old school. But software -- as a service or not -- is just a container. What makes software valuable has always been what it does to data. Now, in the same spirit of service-oriented architectures and SaaS, a new concept is emerging, Data-as-a-Service (DaaS).
Does your business use Excel spreadsheets to sort, organize, and make sense of data? Would the data generated by those spreadsheets be useful to partners, customers, or other departments within your organization? Datownia, a recent product from Release Mobile, generates an API from an Excel spreadsheet that allows developers to integrate their data with any website or app.