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The line between what constitutes a platform versus an application is getting more blurry with each passing day. Applications are increasingly coming complete with SDKs that provide developers with access to APIs through which they can extend the application. Case in point is Decisyon, which recently launched a Decisyon 360 collaborative decision making (CDM) environment that makes extensive use of RESTful APIs and Web Services that are exposed via an SDK.
At this year's SXSW, Mashery (a ProgrammableWeb sponsor) conducted a survey of attending developers and discovered something interesting: They care more about getting Commercial Terms of Service (TOS) than code samples from their APIs. Does this mean a new rash of coder/lawyers skewed the survey sample? No, it's just an indication that developers are growing up--and they expect their favorite APIs to grow with them.
There’s a lot of focus these days on securing applications and the devices that consume them. But when it comes to all the layers of software in between that enable all the applications to be consumed, security has largely been an oversight.