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PFS Will Continue to Welcome API Developers to Integrate with Their Core Banking Platform

Sun, 21 May 2017 13:29:50 -0400

Prepaid Financial Services (PFS) Ltd, an alternative banking provider and e-money issuer today announced that they will continue to welcome all API developers who are looking to integrate their solution into a full end to end banking platform that can support current accounts, SEPA payments, Faster payments and merchant acquiring solutions.


Why Following the Robustness Principle with Your APIs Might Be a Good Idea

Sat, 20 May 2017 13:30:39 -0400

When you break your monolith up into microservices connected by exposed APIs, you expect these services to be decoupled and independently releasable. But too often they still aren’t. Jose Luis Ordiales Coscia over at the Klarna blog explains how to fix this problem with the robustness principle.


Daily API RoundUp: MetGIS, Yelp GraphQL, Smart Flow

Fri, 19 May 2017 15:00:13 -0400

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 Lays New Groundwork to Spread Adoption of VR and AR

Thu, 18 May 2017 20:17:36 -0400

Virtual reality and augmented reality each received plenty of attention on stage during Google's I/O developer conference. The company has new hardware on deck while it looks to ensure the two types of content are available from within more apps both on and off the web.


Google Assistant Picks Up New SDK as It Expands to More Hardware

Thu, 18 May 2017 17:37:05 -0400

Google's voice-based assistant took on new powers this week and increased its compatibility with hardware platforms -- including Apple's iPhone. With Assistant's growing user base and expanded skillset, Google thinks it's time for developers to add Assistant to their own hardware. 


Automatic Notifications from Amazon's Alexa Coming Soon

Thu, 18 May 2017 12:54:42 -0400

Amazon has announced the upcoming release of Alexa notification capability. Developers will soon be able to empower certain skills with notifications through the Alexa Voice Service (AVS) and Alexa Skills Kit (ASK). Once the functionality is available, Alexa users can opt-in to receive voice notifications automatically from Alexa on information of particular interest.


Google Makes Instant Apps Available to All Developers

Wed, 17 May 2017 20:54:08 -0400

Google today opened up its Android Instant Apps tool to all developers, allowing any app writer to create and publish an instant app. The idea is to increase the likelihood that people will find your app and, based on a preview within the browser, elect to install it.


Google Releases First True Beta of Android O

Wed, 17 May 2017 20:14:53 -0400

Google today made the second developer preview of Android O available to developers. This second preview builds on the first version released in March and is stable enough for public beta testing. In addition to offering the new bits to developers, Google detailed Android O's many features.


Why Running an API Directory is Harder than it Looks (And Why API Providers Should Care)

Wed, 17 May 2017 18:45:35 -0400

Neatly concealed in this tale about researching a financial API for inclusion in ProgrammableWeb's API directory is some prescriptive advice for API providers who want to best optimize their developer experiences for maximum developer discoverability, explorability, and comprehension. Unlike a lot of the other prescriptive content we offer on ProgrammableWeb, this article doesn't offer advice on what to do.


Google Introduces Payment Process Layer via Payment Request API

Wed, 17 May 2017 16:12:25 -0400

Google has introduced its Payment Request API. The API was created with a goal to "eliminate checkout forms." The new service is not a payment method, nor does it integrate with payment processors. Rather, the API provides a process layer to improve user workflow.


Google is Shutting Down the Cloud Prediction API

Wed, 17 May 2017 14:34:57 -0400

Google is shutting down the Cloud Prediction API on April 30, 2018. After this date, the API will no longer be accessible, and the company will no longer provide any type of support for the API. Google is recommending that developers migrate applications to its Cloud Machine Learning Engine, a managed service that can be used to build machine learning models.


Daily API RoundUp: DigitalGlobe GBDX, Aeries, YaCy, QBOS

Tue, 16 May 2017 18:19:55 -0400

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.


Oracle Launches API Platform Cloud Service

Tue, 16 May 2017 18:18:12 -0400

Oracle recently announced the availability of its new Oracle API Platform Cloud Service. The API platform extends the company's cloud integration capabilities. With a goal of delivering "... capabilities for designing, prototyping, documenting, testing, and managing the proliferation of critical APIs," Oracle integrated existing Oracle tools with capabilities gained through its recent Apiary acquisition.


Why SaaS and On-Prem Software Providers Should Think API-First

Tue, 16 May 2017 13:56:02 -0400

Software is great — you write it once, and it just keeps on working forever with no changes. Except, of course, this is not true. It's always evolving, getting new features, and serving new audiences. The promise of software and the reason there are so many businesses built around it is that you can continue to solve your problems in the right way, by upgrading. Upgrade your software a couple times, though, and all of a sudden you have a legacy product.


GitHub Launches New GitHub Desktop Beta and Expands Atom's Git Functionality

Tue, 16 May 2017 13:00:15 -0400

GitHub has announced the launch of the new GitHub Desktop Beta and the release of the GitHub package for Atom. GitHub has had a desktop Git application for quite some time. However, the company has completely rebuilt the application from the ground up so that the user experience is simpler. Another reason for the rebuild is that the existing GitHub Desktop for macOS and Windows are two entirely distinct products with different technology stacks.


Vimeo to Add tus Resumable Upload Protocol to its API

Mon, 15 May 2017 15:20:05 -0400

Video sharing platform Vimeo has announced plans to add the tus resumable upload protocol to the Vimeo API in late 2017. Developers will be able to build applications with the updated Vimeo API that provide new ways to upload videos and allow users to upload videos to Vimeo in multiple sessions. Developers will also be able to use tus client implementations in their preferred language and test applications locally.


How BYU Encouraged Student Innovation Via a Standard API

Sun, 14 May 2017 15:21:34 -0400

Only a few years ago when Brigham Young students wanted to create a site based on university data they were forced to screen scrape the college’s website. Now BYU has launched a university-wide API and is about to launch a developer portal. David Raths over at Campus Technology explains the fast progress and what the future holds for APIs at BYU.


Daily API RoundUp: Cisco Umbrella, DSYNC, LoopMe

Sat, 13 May 2017 16:11:11 -0400

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.


New Snafus Illustrate Scope of API Security Challenge and Hacker Tenacity

Fri, 12 May 2017 16:01:29 -0400

Though it's hard to imagine anything rising above the noise coming out of Washington, DC this week, the InterWebs have managed to surface two separate issues that further illustrate several of the important realities of API security. To be clear, API security is very hard. There are a multitude of layers to the so-called API "stack" (eg: the API endpoint itself, the applications that access the API, the network between them, etc.) some of which overlap the layers of an organization's basic IT stack.


Nvidia Releases Audio and 360 Video SDKs for VR Development

Fri, 12 May 2017 14:37:33 -0400

Nvidia announced at the GPU Technology Conference this week the release of VRWorks Audio and 360 Video SDKs to help simplify VR development. VRWorks Audio uses NVIDIA OptiX ray-tracing technology to deliver realistic audio in VR environments, and doesn’t require any additional information of a scene or prebuilt filters to create a complete acoustic image of the environment in real time.


Parasoft Enahances API Testing Tool

Fri, 12 May 2017 13:58:25 -0400

Parasoft, software testing solution provider, announced new features within its API testing solution, SOAtest. SOAtest assists testers with security, reliability, and performance across systems via automated "end-to-end" testing scenarios.


How APIs Are the Backbone of New IoT Standards

Thu, 11 May 2017 18:26:27 -0400

The Internet of Things (IoT) is supposed to have 10 times the impact of the Web itself, which means it has potentially 10 times the risk for complication, and, with its ubiquity, 10 times the risk to security. Each "Thing" we encounter in our daily and professional lives could potentially be connected within the next couple years. And with so many, many more players, manufacturers, protocols, and programming languages, it all gets exponentially more complicated.


Microsoft Expands Graph API Portfolio

Thu, 11 May 2017 14:11:50 -0400

Yesterday, during day one of Microsoft's latest Build developer conference, the company announced a number of enhancements to its Microsoft Graph APIs. The Microsoft Graph provides access to Office 365 data, and greater access to Office 365 data arrives via improvements to the translation, SharePoint, OneNote, Planner, and Insights APIs.


Why Lyft Built Its Own Service Mesh and What it Learned From Doing It

Wed, 10 May 2017 15:29:04 -0400

On September 14, 2016 we announced Envoy, our L7 proxy and communication bus. In a nutshell, Envoy is a "service mesh" substrate that provides common utilities such as service discovery, load balancing, rate limiting, circuit breaking, stats, logging, tracing, etc. to polyglot (heterogeneous) application architectures.


Unsplash API Now Completely Open and Free

Wed, 10 May 2017 14:11:37 -0400

Unsplash just announced that its "Unsplash API is now 100% open and free to outside developers." Unsplash originally launched its API in late 2015, and has since spent significant resources building a rock solid API for wider use.


Daily API RoundUp: IBM QISKit, Eversign, Satori

Tue, 09 May 2017 16:55:55 -0400

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.


IBM Open Sources API Microgateway

Tue, 09 May 2017 16:54:24 -0400

IBM recently announced that it has open sourced its API Microgateway. The API Microgateway is a programmable API gateway that aims to help developers secure and control both microservices and APIs. It helps developers publish existing services as APIs or create new APIs from existing data sources without the need to write new code.


RiskIQ Updates Cyber Event Investigation Platform API

Mon, 08 May 2017 12:08:50 -0400

RiskIQ, digital threat management solution provider, announced updates to its PassiveTotal API. PassiveTotal is a cyber event investigation platform, and the API updates add projects and monitoring ability to existing endpoints. The goal is to streamline the ability to integrate PassiveTotal into third party security operations.


8 Steps to Help Your API be Forward Compatible

Sun, 07 May 2017 11:31:55 -0400

We all know you should make your API backward-compatible as much as possible. But how about forward-compatible? That is, being careful to make sure your API design will be consistent with future changes that you don’t know you’ll make yet. Sounds impossible? Adam Bar over at the Bright Inventions blog gives you eight steps he’s learned in order to make it a reality.


Daily API RoundUp: Hayo, bunq, Paylocity, CGTrader

Sat, 06 May 2017 10:57:19 -0400

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.