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Online reference, blog and news source for the Web as Platform. Because the world's your programmable oyster.


Has WebRTC Proven That No One Cares About Communications Service Interoperability?

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:01:02 -0500

The standard Web technology for voice and video telephony -- WebRTC or Web Real Time Communications -- turned five earlier this year. Support for WebRTC can be found in most modern-day browsers as well as many open source development tools (like React and Crosswalk). As a result, companies that want to enable their apps for voice and video communications do not have to burn valuable resources developing proprietary client side technologies.


Bitmovin Adds to the List of Video Infrastructure APIs

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 19:26:21 -0500

Bitmovin, a streaming video infrastructure technology provider, has released an end-to-end video infrastructure API. This news comes on the heels of a similar release from Synq.


Node Foundation to Oversee Node Security Project

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:58:05 -0500

The Node Foundation, a community-led and industry-backed consortium to advance the development of the Node platform, today announced that the Node Security Project will become a part of the Node Foundation. Under the Node Foundation, the Node Security Project will provide a unified process for discovering and disclosing security vulnerabilities found in the Node module ecosystem.


RapidAPI Looks to Establish API Marketplace

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 20:12:19 -0500

As the microservices model expands across IT, APIs are proliferating at amazing speed. With so many APIs being launched every day, how does one keep up in order to find the perfect API to add to their stack?


Daily API RoundUp: CardConnect, Parrot Sequoia, SYNQ,, Iris

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:24:38 -0500

Every day, the ProgrammableWeb team is busy, updating its three primary directories for APIs, clients (language-specific libraries or SDKs for consuming or providing APIs), and source code samples.


Synq Launches Video API with Developer-First Mindset

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:34:29 -0500

Synq offers an API that app developers can use to enable users to upload, store, and playback video. Devs can now skip building a video content management system from scratch, or licensing a third party platform, and integrate what Synq refers to as the "cloud video API for Developers." Now available, Synq's API aims to serve as a complete, end-to-end, video infrastructure in a box.


AWS Mobile Hub Packs In New Developer Tools

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:38:04 -0500

Amazon made several significant new features available to its AWS Mobile Hub this month that should make it easier for developers to tap into cloud-based APIs. The new tools include a Cloud Logic function, user sign-in tweaks, user management options, and SaaS integration.


API Management Vendor Akana Acquired by Rogue Wave Software

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:17:09 -0500

The ink for the news stories about Google's acquisition of API management solution provider Apigee has barely had a chance to dry and yet another API management vendor -- this time Akana, Inc. -- has been snatched off the market, this time by Rogue Wave Software. Rogue Wave acquired the PHP platform provider ZEND in 2015.


Firebase App Indexing API Searches Content Across Apps

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:28:01 -0500

Google has announced the Firebase App Indexing API which enables apps to add content to Google's on-device index.


4 Keys to Providing a Pleasurable Developer Experience

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 16:40:10 -0500

It is common for companies to worry about UX when designing a new app or product. In contrast, developers often do not worry enough about DX (developer experience) when building APIs. This is a mistake if you want to attract developers to your API. Taija Bjorklund over at APInf covers the four attributes you need to get right to provide a good DX.


Daily API RoundUp: Google Cloud Jobs, Fireeye, Carto, Ultralink

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 12:56:47 -0500

Every day, the ProgrammableWeb team is busy, updating its three primary directories for APIs, clients (language-specific libraries or SDKs for consuming or providing APIs), and source code samples.


Daily API RoundUp: Google Cloud Stackdriver, TomTom, Pyze, Monzo, SlimPay

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 13:09:28 -0500

Every day, the ProgrammableWeb team is busy, updating its three primary directories for APIs, clients (language-specific libraries or SDKs for consuming or providing APIs), and source code samples.


Google Releases Final Android 7.1 Developer Preview

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 13:44:22 -0500

Google has made a second preview of Android 7.1 available to mobile app developers ahead of the platform's wider release. Along with the new build of Android 7.1, Google made some minor adjustments to the Android SDK and Android Studio. Developers should put the new tools to use in finalizing their apps for Android 7.1.


Fake News Ruining Your Election? APIs and Apps Can Help with That

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 11:43:39 -0500

The 2016 presidential election continues to be a popular topic of conversation. While many Americans are happy with the outcome of the election, many Americans are not. The presidential election was plagued by controversies largely due to the massive distribution of fake news across the Internet. Fake news was widely distributed across Facebook, Google, and Twitter throughout the presidential election and continues to this day.


How PSD2 and Open Banking Will Affect You

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 17:12:22 -0500

The Second Payment Services Directive or PSD2 comes into effect January 13, 2018. This open banking initiative will no doubt be a game changer in Europe and really for any retail bank or fintech that wishes to work with Europe.


How to Use Webhooks to Recover Subscription Customers

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 14:49:22 -0500



THRIFTLY.IO Enables API Access to Legacy Windows Apps

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 14:44:05 -0500

Mertech has announced THRIFTLY.IO, a solution that helps transform legacy apps for consumption in the API economy. Specifically designed for Windows developers using .NET and Java, THRIFTLY allows developers to transform functions and methods within apps into Web APIs. No additional code is needed for handling API protocols.


How Health IT APIs Provide Patient Access to Health Data

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 16:44:35 -0500

The rise of health IT standards and health APIs is going to dramatically change how patients access their data, according to Kyle Murphy over at HealthITInteroperability.


Daily API RoundUp: F6S, OCBC, Particeep, Bitmovin, Guggy

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 17:39:06 -0500

Every day, the ProgrammableWeb team is busy, updating its three primary directories for APIs, clients (language-specific libraries or SDKs for consuming or providing APIs), and source code samples.


How To Pitch ProgrammableWeb on Covering Your News

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 17:16:43 -0500

Since 2005 when Google and Flickr planted the seedlings of the API economy with the APIs for Google Maps and Flickr's photosharing service, the API economy has been swelling at an astronomical rate and it includes many more stakeholders than when it was initially forming.


Rebelmail Publicly Launches Interactive Email API

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 16:07:47 -0500

Rebelmail, an interactive email solution provider, has publicly launched the Rebelmail API. Through the API, third party apps can send interactive emails without leaving the app. An interactive email allows recipients to take actions (e.g. view a slideshow, see more images, take a quiz, etc.) directly within an email instead of leaving the email to interact with a website.


Add Your Voice to the Growing Field of Developer Relations

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 12:58:44 -0500

Developer Relations and Evangelism is a field that is growing – but what do we really know about it?

For the fourth year in a row, WIP Factory is taking the pulse of the developer relations and developer program community with its annual Devrel Survey. If you work in developer relations or for a company's developer program you are welcome to participate.


W3C Introduces Three APIs for TV Control, Geolocation, and Web Mentions

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 15:32:46 -0500

The W3C has recently announced three APIs that address a number of issues across industries.


Box Announces General Availability of Box View API Service

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 20:01:27 -0500

Box has announced the general availability of the new Box View, an API service that allows Web and mobile applications to display nearly any file type without the need for a custom-built viewer. Applications using the Box View service can display high-fidelity, interactive viewers for dozens of file types including documents, images, videos, and 360 images.


Citi Launches Global Developer Hub and Banking APIs

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 15:29:27 -0500

Citi has announced the launch of a new Developer Hub and set of banking APIs. The new Citi Global Developer Hub provides a suite of APIs developers can use to build financial applications that benefit Citi customers. The Citi Developer Hub includes eight different API products (closed beta) that provide access to Citi platform capabilities such as account management, peer to peer payments, and money transfer to institutions.


Twitter Kit Mixes Multimedia Into Quoted Tweets

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 16:12:39 -0500

Twitter today rolled out a new version of its Twitter Kit developer kit for Android and iOS that hopes to dramatically improve embedded tweets. The refreshed developer toolset handles more tasks automatically so you can sit back and gaze at your Twitter-enhanced content. 


Daily API RoundUp: MX, Windows Store, Appscode, Rhymba

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 14:01:11 -0500

Every day, the ProgrammableWeb team is busy, updating its three primary directories for APIs, clients (language-specific libraries or SDKs for consuming or providing APIs), and source code samples.


Why These Four API Errors Are Subtle but Expensive

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 13:53:44 -0500

APIs are the critical backbone of many platforms today. Yet, they only get a fraction of the quality assurance (QA) attention a Web site or app gets. There is a hesitance to test upstream, and it is costing companies money and users.

There is a misconception that an API issue would be catastrophic and clear to everyone. Unfortunately, that is not the case. There are countless subtle problems that sneak through the cracks. This is where there is a lack of awareness.