November 21, 2015
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Appcelerator, a company focused on cross-platform development tools, has started extending itself into the world of APIs by offering mobile developers drop-in tools for integrating their applications with popular web services. Appcelerator recently announced a new offering called Titanium+Plus, a set of premium modules that developers can purchase to incorporate into applications built using Titanium Mobile, Appcelerator's open source mobile development platform. Rather than mainly providing new or deeper access to the core functions of devices, the new Titanium+Plus modules are focused outward—or maybe upward—towards the cloud. In fact, the announcement came with a new tagline: "The cloud starts here™".
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.
New data on enterprise mobility take up suggests the industry is just taking off. Current opportunities for developers are in the utilities and energy and financial services sectors, with business intelligence and social business being key application use cases. Good Technology - which publishes an enterprise mobility quarterly report - is already leveraging the results to guide their industry partnerships and new products. ProgrammableWeb spoke with VP of Marketing, John Dasher, about how Good Technology is enabling API providers to access new enterprise customers from their mobile and cloud-based security platforms.