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Postman Launches Directory of APIs That Support Its Collections Technology

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:50:58 -0500

Postman, an API development environment provider, has announced the launch of the Postman API Network, a list of public APIs. The list is derived from the API descriptions publishers have provided via Postman Collections. This network of APIs helps developers find and use APIs for building web and mobile applications.


Avolution Adds Enhanced API to ABACUS Toolset

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:50:40 -0500

Avolution, enterprise architecture software provider, has announced version 5.2 of its ABACUS tool. A key addition to the latest version is an enhanced REST API. ABACUS specializes in consolidating data from various business resources (e.g. Excel, Visio, SharePoint, etc.) for analysis, and the enhanced API streamlines ABACUS' capabilities and usefulness.


Part 5: Turnkey Push API Infrastructure Providers

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:20:13 -0500

This is the final part of our series on push technologies. In this part we will looks at some turnkey push API infrastructure providers.

The previous parts of this series have helped you become familiar with various kinds of push technologies. Of course, a technology isn't an implementation and you require an implementation to do anything productive. Creating an API is the next step after you decide on a technology. The API provides the means for your applications to use the underlying technology.


project44 Announces Real-Time Rail Visibility API

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:07:20 -0500

project44, transportation information solution provider, has announced its new rail visibility API. Through the API, manufacturers and retailers alike gain end to end tracking capability of rail shipments across US and Canadian rail networks. The API provides both real-time and historical data reviews.


Daily API RoundUp: Google Cloud Vision, Easyship, IVA Celebrities

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:01:42 -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 Launches Manufacturer Center API

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:00:18 -0500

Google has announced that the availability of its Manufacturer Center service has been expanded to more countries which includes Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. The company also announced the launch of the Google Manufacturer Center API which makes it possible for product information to be managed programmatically as opposed to manually via Manufacturer Center.


ALFAcashier Opens API to Electronic Currency Exchange

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:03:14 -0500

ALFAcashier, an electronic currency exchange service, has opened API access to its cyrptocurrency-related services. The ALFAcashier API allows integrated apps and workflows to exchange currencies without needing to visit the ALFAcashier site. Customers have long requested API access to ALFAcashier's exchange, and the company is happy to deliver upon that request.


Why You Should Test Your APIs and Test Them Often

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:21:46 -0500

This is the first part of our API testing series. In this series we'll look at why you should test your APIs, how to do it effectively, and present a number of tools to help you do it.


API Test Planning and Design

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:19:29 -0500

This is part 2 of our API testing series. In part 1 we looked at why you want to test your APIs earlier and how to be more effective with your tests.


Tool Options for API Testing

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:15:27 -0500

This is part three of our API testing series. In part 2 we looked at how API testing workflows help teams figure out where to start, and know when they're done.


What's Next in API Testing

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:11:33 -0500

This will be the last piece in our series on API testing. This time around, I'll will talk about what's coming up in the near future that will change how we test and deliver new APIs.

Architectural Addendums

The current future of APIs and API testing seems to be in technologies that sit on top of existing architectures like REST or Web services. These technologies provide more sophisticated and powerful ways of manipulating data than the traditional REST conventions of GET, POST, PUT, and DELETE.


Understanding the Less Popular Push/Streaming Protocols (XMPP, CoAP, MQTT, etc.)

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:36:56 -0500

Even though Webhooks (see Part 1), PubSubHubbub (see Part 2), and WebSockets (see Part 3) are really popular, they aren't the only options at your disposal. You might find that you need some other alternative that better meets a particular need.


Microsoft Connects Kubernetes Apps via Open Service Broker API

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:35:38 -0500

Microsoft has announced that it will now use the Open Service Broker API to open source the Open Service Broker for Azure (OSBA). This move comes as Microsoft continues to see increased adoption of Kubernetes on Azure.


Daily API RoundUp: Salesforce Einstein, ThingScale, Mailforce

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 11:37:07 -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 Poly, Directus, Trueface

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 19:08:15 -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.


Payment Rails Launches Global Payout API

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:14:44 -0500

Payment Rails, a global payouts platform provider, has announced the launch of its Global Payout API which allows developers to add to applications payout capabilities such as international ACH, real-time currency conversion, and global mass payouts.


Amazon Launches Route 53 Auto Naming API for Microservices

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 18:49:56 -0500

This week, Amazon announced the launch of a new Route 53 Auto Naming API that allows developers to automate the registration of DNS for microservices.

Route 53 is an Amazon AWS offering that handles Domain Name System (DNS) services in the cloud.


How to Create a Quick and Dirty Example of The Proposed Standard for In-Band API Service Warnings

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 18:16:28 -0500

A few weeks back, I reported on the developer outrage that was provoked by Yahoo!’s sudden and unexpected shutdown of a service that, for well-more than a decade, was being consumed as an API by an untold number of apps. All of those applications broke. Never ones to be shy, developers voiced their displeasure. 


Google Cloud Video intelligence API Now Public Beta, Cloud Vision API Updated

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 16:46:50 -0500

Google has announced that the Google Cloud Video intelligence API is now in public beta and the Google Cloud Vision API has been updated with enhancements to existing features.


Five Best Practices for Building an Effective API Marketplace

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 18:57:31 -0500

In their journey toward digital transformation, companies are exploring increasingly how they can extend their business through external APIs. However, these organizations are seeing that truly reaping the benefits of an API program requires them to move beyond basic API management and to the creation of API marketplaces that promote the consumption and use of APIs, which encourages the delivering of new apps and services.


Salesforce Announces v2 of its Bulk API

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 16:04:41 -0500

Salesforce recently announced the upcoming release of its Bulk API v2. The new version of the API will continue to empower users with the ability to perform bulk transactions; however, the API itself is slimmer and Salesforce claims it will be easier to use. V2 will be generally available in the winter of 2018 and the changes will use the same framework as other Salesforce REST APIs.


Send and Receive SMS With Java Using Nexmo

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 19:11:41 -0500

The Nexmo SMS API is a service that allows you to send and receive SMS messages anywhere in the world. Nexmo provides REST APIs, but it's much easier to use the Java client library we've written for you.


Add 3D Objects and Scenes to Your AR/VR App with the Google Poly API

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 15:57:59 -0500

Google has released the Google Poly API, which developers can use to search for, download, and use 3D objects and scenes in AR/VR applications. In November, Google launched Poly, a 3D assets library. An asset is a 3D model or scene that was created with a 3D program such as Tilt Brush and Blocks, and can be made available as a file for upload to Poly.


BioID Launches PhotoVerify API for Live Image-based Verification

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 15:58:05 -0500

BioID, biometrics as a service provider, has announced its new PhotoVerify API. The new API is part of its BioID Web Services, and allows online product and service providers to verify legal identities of their customers. The API allows users to compare a live facial image against the image in a photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, etc.). The API ensures that the live image is from a live person (as opposed to a pre-recorded video or still image).


How to Build A Simple AI Chatbot With Web Speech API and Node

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 16:51:28 -0500

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create an AI-powered voice chat interface in the browser. You’ll use the Web Speech API to listen to the user’s voice and reply with a synthetic voice. Tomomi Imura over at Smashing Magazine takes you thru every step so you can go from zero to hero in no time.


Daily API RoundUp: Aviation Edge, Toon, Harvest

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 13:15:57 -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.


ParallelDots Announces Two New AI API Products

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 15:53:27 -0500

ParallelDots, artificial intelligence solution provider, has introduced two new API products. The Virality Detection API predicts anticipated popularity of a photo based on photos trending on social media. The Excel add-in allows users to integrate ParallelDot's AI APIs into Excel. The Excel add-in allows users to analyze data within Excel without the need for code.


Salesforce Has Cracked The Code On Demystifying Machine Learning For Mortals (includes audio)

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 15:38:48 -0500

The categories of computer technology known as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and data science have a serious public relations problem. Despite their ability to be game changing for many organizations and individuals — I mean mind-blowingly game changing -- they live on the fringes of esoterica where, relatively speaking, barely a handful of people know what they are or how to put them to truly beneficial use.


Amazon's New AWS Offerings Launched at Re:invent

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 19:42:05 -0500

This week, Amazon announced a slew of new offerings at its AWS division Re:invent conference in Las Vegas. Here's a look at several of the most exciting.

AWS AppSync

According to Amazon, “In this day and age, it is almost impossible to do without our mobile devices and the applications that help make our lives easier.” But mobile app developers face numerous challenges in developing apps that deliver the “quality, real-time experiences that app users desire.”


Daily API RoundUp: DBS Bank, AWS, Veem

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 19:01:19 -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.