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Why and How Every Organization With APIs Must React Immediately to the Yahoo! Breach

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:17:45 -0400


Last week, it was revealed that over 500 million Yahoo! accounts were breached.  At first blush, a great many IT personnel are likely to overlook the recent breach as having little or no impact on their organizations. But that is not the case and it is particularly important for just about any organization -- especially those that are currently providing APIs -- to take action immediately.


Voximplant Web SDK 4.0 Features Microsoft Edge Audio Calls Support

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:22:29 -0400

Voximplant, a cloud-based voice and video communications platform provider, has announced the release of Voximplant Web SDK 4.0, an SDK (beta) that developers can use to add voice and video communications capabilities to Web applications. Voximplant Web SDK 4.0 includes a number of key features such as Microsoft Edge audio calls support, the ability to enable video during an existing audio call, modification of audio and video streams via filters, and h.264 video codec "high priority" setting.


Amazon API Gateway Updates Aim to Simplify API Development

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:03:26 -0400

AWS API Gateway is a managed service that allows users to develop, host and monitor API backends on AWS infrastructure. In a move that aims to simplify API development while tightening integration with other AWS services, Amazon API Gateway has announced several updates.


BeyondTrust Announces Password Management API

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:48:59 -0400

BeyondTrust, global information security company dedicated to preventing privilege abuse, announced a free API that enables users to call stored credentials from its PowerBroker Password Safe.


Daily API RoundUp: Oracle Cloud Stack Manager, Wapack Labs, ArubaOS, ChatBottle, Knewin

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:46:21 -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.


What's the Difference Between a Monolith and Microservices?

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:58:12 -0400

Application architectures have become a widely discussed and often debated topic in technology circles these days. The number of companies building complex applications requiring an architecture that will allow for high scalability, availability, and speed are growing rapidly. Many technology companies including Netflix, Amazon, Google, IBM, and Twitter have built applications that are extremely large and complex.


Researcher Raises Privacy Concerns Regarding W3C Proximity Sensor API

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 21:25:54 -0400

In June of this year, W3C released the first draft of the Proximity Sensor API based on the Generic Sensor API specification. The W3C Generic Sensor API specification aims to define a framework for exposing sensor data and promote consistency across sensor APIs.


How Dropbox Scaled and Secured their API

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 20:44:43 -0400

DropBox veterans Leah Culver and Chris Varenhorst recently sat down with Gordon Wintrob over at to reveal how they built their APIs from primitive beginnings to handling over 500 billion calls a year.


High-Tech Bridge Updates its Unified SSL Assessment API

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:08:03 -0400

High-Tech Bridge has announced a new release of its free SSL security testing service that companies and organizations can use to test their Web, email, VPN and other SSL/TLS-based services. The new release tests for known vulnerabilities in SSL/TLS implementations (e.g. Heartbleed) and in encryption protocols (e.g. POODLE), as well as checking if a SSL/TLS configuration is compliant with PCI DSS requirements, HIPAA guidance and NIST guidelines. 


How Accusoft Migrated From Monolithic Applications to a Microservice Architecture

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:52:35 -0400

In July 2015, Accusoft's SaaS Applications team was tasked with integrating the recently acquired edocr application with our existing Prizm Share community for publishing and sharing documents. While this integration offered numerous challenges with data migration, feature parity, and cohesive branding, we are going to focus on the architectural changes that resulted from the project.


Daily API RoundUp: WikiLeaks Hillary Clinton Email Archive, Bitport, AppMonsta, PredictHQ, Bitcoin Block Explorer

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 19:12:48 -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.


Box Announces Four New Security and Governance APIs

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 17:08:37 -0400

Box has introduced a set of new security and governance APIs that organizations can use to incorporate content governance and compliance capabilities into applications and workflows. This set of new Box APIs includes a Retention Policy API, Legal Hold Policy API, Watermarking API, and Folder Metadata API.


Dwolla Updates API to Support Automated Clearing House's New Same Day Payment Rules

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:54:30 -0400

On September 23rd, 2016, a new and important Automated Clearing House rule goes into effect -- one that allows users of the ACH network to opt-into the same day processing of payments that might have otherwise taken two to four days to settle. According to NACHA (the Electronic Payments Association; the administrator of ACH), "There are many uses of ACH payments for which businesses and consumers could benefit from same-day processing.


How to Access the Tickspot API with cURL

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 19:07:06 -0400


VIA Studio's Mark Biek recently demonstrated the benefits of using cURL to bypass the typical code writing exercise needed to pull app data. cURL is a utility that's commonly used by developers to interact with Web servers from the command line of an operating system like Unix, Linux, and Mac OS X. Because of how it can send and receive Web requests, it is ready-made for poking around with Web-based APIs.


McKesson Launches Interoperability Platform to Build FHIR API Apps

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 18:50:58 -0400

McKesson Health Solutions (MHS) recently unveiled the McKesson Intelligence Hub, a new technology platform for enabling interoperability and sharing business intelligence among healthcare apps.


How Defining Some API Standards and Best Practices Might Benefit Enterprises

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:07:24 -0400

There is no way to stop or reverse the accelerating pace and influence of data in business life.


Twilio Launches Voice Insights API to Monitor WebRTC Performance

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:00:14 -0400


On Tuesday Twilio announced the launch of their Voice Insights API, which allows developers to monitor network and device performance during WebRTC calls. With the API, developers can now programmatically adjust their applications in response to varying network and device conditions.


Just Because Github Has a GraphQL API Doesn’t Mean You Should Too

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:36:37 -0400

Recently there has been a lot of talk about Facebook’s GraphQL specification, and exactly how it transforms the way applications are now able to interact with each other.


Daily API RoundUp: Nexmo Voice,,, Heap, MediaWiki, Vizdum

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 18:10:33 -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.


Finicity Announces New ACH Account Verification API

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 18:08:46 -0400

Finicity recently announced the release of its new ACH Account Verification API. The service enables payment and investment app developers to verify account details required to initiate inbound ACH account transfers. Finicity provides financial app developers more than 1,400 direct integrations to help improve new client onboarding and ongoing funds verification sourcing.


Application Architecture for Box Platform Apps

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:00:16 -0400

This is the third article of a three-part series on building a custom application with Box Platform.


Google Releases Final Version Of Android Studio 2.2

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:06:35 -0400


Android Studio 2.2 has been available in preview form since May, but this week Google made the final version available to all developers. Android Studio is the integrated development environment that Android app writers use to work their magic in creating smartphone and tablet applications. 

Google says Android Studio 2.2 focuses on improving three key areas: speed, smarts, and Android platform support. How does it do that?


Yelp Introduces Overhauled Developer Program and New Fusion API

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:35:47 -0400

In addition to taking its bug-bounty program public, and revamping its API, Yelp made more developer news today with a brand new Yelp Fusion API, and an overhauled developer portal.


How Developers Led SendGrid to Its JSON Driven API Request Payloads

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 17:58:32 -0400

API development at SendGrid is based on a set of principles that focus on improving how developers experience our product. All design decisions are influenced by that experience. We want things to be intuitive and welcoming. Common use cases should be straightforward to achieve, and common problems should be countered with helpful errors.


PipelineDB Introduces a Realtime Analytics-as-a-Service API: Stride

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 13:39:26 -0400

A little over a year after PipelineDB launched its flagship streaming SQL database product, PipelineDB has announced a developer preview of its realtime analytics API: Stride. The company describes Stride as a realtime analytics-as-a-service API.


Salesforce's Einstein Artificial Intelligence Move to Benefit Big Biz

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:28:22 -0400

Artificial intelligence is already all around us, but is more often used by consumers than by big business. Think Microsoft's Cortana, Google's Google Now, and Apple's Siri. These tools rely on language recognition and a dash of smarts to help people complete simple tasks (send messages, set calendar appointments) on their smartphone, tablet, or PC.


Why HTTPS Adoption has Doubled this Year

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 17:42:11 -0400

HTTPS adoption among the world’s top half million sites doubled this year, achieving in one year what hadn’t been managed in 20 years’ since HTTPS’ introduction, writes Guy Podjarny over at SYNK.


How a Microservices Architecture May Produce Hidden Dividends

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 14:58:47 -0400

The microservices development approach involves creating independently deployable, modular services to build distributed software systems, and this approach is being increasingly adopted in modern businesses.


Daily API RoundUp: Makemoji, Confirm, Wordnik, UEFA Scores, StatSocial, PerimeterX, Riot Games

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 17:46:39 -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.