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Dropbox last week announced that it has added webhooks functionality so that application developers can configure Dropbox to notify their apps whenever their app's registered users perform an action that results in a file change.
With the recent explosion of cloud computing services, developers now have more opportunities than ever to take advantage of enterprise-scale computing platforms. However, most cloud computing services, such as Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), have unique and incompatible APIs. This has provided a challenge for organizations wanting to develop in-house applications that can later be seamlessly deployed directly to Amazon's service when necessary. For example, Ubuntu Server, a Linux-based operating system supported by Europe's Canonical Ltd, is the most widely deployed operating system on EC2, yet there has been no way for developers to create private, EC2-compatible cloud computing systems internally with Ubuntu.
FinancialForce.com, focused on building cloud based business applications on the Force.com platform, has released an API for its accounting application (i.e. The FinancialForce Accounting API). The API gives access to the entire suite of accounting tools available through the accounting platform (e.g. cash management, reporting and dashboards, ordering and billing, etc.). Although FinancialForce.com built the application with Force.com, and the target audience began with Force.com developers, the application has been integrated with many platforms and APIs (e.g. Google Apps, Basecamp, Facebook, PayPal, etc.)