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Coding Dojo Highlights the 9 Most In-Demand Programming Languages of 2017

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 22:42:49 -0500

There are more programming languages these days in production environments than you could learn in a lifetime. So which should you choose to make sure you’ll always be an in-demand developer? Jay Patel at Coding Dojo gives you the low-down on the top 9 programming languages to learn in 2017.

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5 Potential Use Cases for Serverless Frameworks

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:06:54 -0500

Serverless frameworks, despite their name, are not really serverless. Of course, there are servers somewhere handling requests but you don’t have to worry about them. You just post a snippet of code and your hosting service takes care of the rest. But who could benefit from these new frameworks? Serdar Yegulalp over at InfoWorld takes you through five of the best uses of serverless frameworks right now.

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Daily API RoundUp: Docker Secrets, OpenFinTech, DataNerds

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 20:49:08 -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.

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Google Cloud Endpoints Moves to General Availability

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:44:52 -0500

This week, Google announced the general availability of its API gateway: Google Cloud Endpoints. The gateway is built on the same services on which Google powers its own APIs. For apps and microservices built on the Google Cloud Platform (GCP), the gateway ensures that APIs are monitored and secured.

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TrueLayer Launches New Banking API

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:16:37 -0500

TrueLayer has launched an API that allows developers to connect apps with customer account data from banks and credit cards across the UK.

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Daily API RoundUp: EatStreet, Dynatrace, Helium, Airvisual

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:29:58 -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.

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How Intuit Measures Developer Success

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:04:02 -0500

Intuit publishes hundreds of apps built with the APIs for its QuickBooks accounting software. Many of Intuit’s APIs have only been going a couple of years but their success has turned heads. Mark Boyd over at Vision Mobile sat down with Intuit’s Ketan Kittur, director of project management and partnership integrations, to understand how the company makes sure its third party devs are successful.

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Why Messaging Queues Suck

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 14:06:00 -0500

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Why These Four Industries Lag in API Adoption

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 11:23:43 -0500

It’s no secret that adopting APIs is good for business. But players in some of the largest traditional industries, specifically energy, logistics, packaging and banking, have been slow to catch on. Mark Boyd over at Network World explains how they lag behind the rest and why it matters. 

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Daily API RoundUp: AdStage, KIDOZ, Plesk

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 12:53:50 -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.

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Alexa Skills Kit Lets You Emphasize Select Words

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 16:47:54 -0500

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Amazon today announced an update to the Alexa Skills Kit that will let developers control of how Alexa speaks. SSML Speechcons can spice up Alexa's pronunciation for the sake of clarity, emphasis, or just for fun.  

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Google Really Wants Devs to Update Their Android Wear Apps

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 13:45:10 -0500

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Google this week released the final build and SDK of its Android Wear 2.0 platform. The revised operating system for wearables makes significant changes throughout for both end users and developers alike. Google is imploring developers to ensure their apps are compatible with the new code.

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PasswordPing APIs Check Passwords and Credentials for Exposure

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 13:18:54 -0500

PasswordPing, password and credential security solution provider, has announced the launch of its password and credential breach notification service, and corresponding APIs. The service alerts organizations of exposed credentials utilized among its user base. The suite of APIs associated with the notification service allow developers to call the PasswordPing service to understand where exposed passwords and credentials may be putting their organizations at risk.

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Microsoft Continues to Democratize AI through the Power of APIs

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 14:57:04 -0500

Microsoft Cognitive Services, a collection of 25 artificial intelligence (AI) APIs, continue to democratize the utilization of AI for use and consumption by third party apps. Machine learning, AI platforms take massive amounts of expertise and computer power to operate and such requirements have traditionally inhibited access to such technology by your average developer.

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Box Overhauls its Developer Experience

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 12:04:22 -0500

Today, Box announced a number of new features intended to reimagine the developer experience with the entire Box platform, including its APIs. New developer tools including an API Navigator, an API explorer, and crowd-sourced API docs deliver greater access and flexibility when working with Box APIs and documentation. As the company continues to market itself as a platform as opposed to a simple file sharing/storing app, today's overhaul certainly makes a solid appeal to developers across the board.

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Daily API RoundUp: Microsoft Payment Request, Basetrip, Netigate

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 15:49:03 -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.

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Stoplight Launches Scenarios API Testing and Debugging Tool

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 11:03:46 -0500

Stoplight, a startup that graduated from the June 2015 Techstars Austin class, has announced the launch of Scenarios, a tool to test, automate, and debug Web APIs. Developers can use Scenarios to build test suites for Web services and microservices as well as for contract testing. Scenarios is a new tool that is part of the Stoplight API development and testing platform.

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Web Bluetooth API In Chrome 56 Sparks Privacy Concerns

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 16:20:20 -0500

Google distributed Chrome 56 at the end of January. Buried within for the first time, developers will find the Web Bluetooth API, which lets websites contact and trade information with nearby Bluetooth devices, such as IoT hardware. The change has some frothing at the mouth over personal privacy.

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How APIs Helped TomTom Grow its Webfleet Platform to 45,000 Users

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 13:31:16 -0500

Opening up their platforms to let developers build an ecosystem on top of it has been a key to success for top tech firms from Apple to Facebook. But they’re not alone. TomTom Telematics, the B2B division of TomTom, the GPS device maker, opened up its Webfleet platform to developers a few years ago and now has over 45,000 devs using its APIs to control 670,000 vehicles. Rowan Pearce over at ComputerWorld explains how it happened.

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Daily API RoundUp: MasterCard, Acquia, Elemeno, Kore, Truly, Beets

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 14:33:50 -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.

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Bugsee Bug Reporting and Crash Analytics goes GA

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 16:18:29 -0500

Bugsee recently announced the general availability of its bug reporting and crash analytics tool. The tool continuously captures console logs and video of user interactions with mobile apps in order to record events that led to crashes or bugs. By capturing real-time behavior, the need to recreate intermittent bugs vanishes.

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How to Use Proactive Suggestions for iOS 10

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 13:55:58 -0500

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At the iOS 9 WWDC, Apple introduced several useful features in its Search APIs. Going well beyond “find this text,” this set of SDKs helps developers provide their users with better in-app content using Spotlight, Handoff, and Siri Suggestions.

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Microsoft Commits to Real-Time Communications with WebRTC 1.0 API Release

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 14:26:22 -0500

Microsoft recently announced a step forward in its roadmap for real-time communications with preview availability of the WebRTC 1.0 API and RTC video codec support within Microsoft Edge. The support enables video communications across platforms and browsers without the need for a plugin.

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Slack Updates SDKs for New Enterprise Shared Channel Features

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 17:10:41 -0500

Slack is targeting the enterprise in a big way with Slack Enterprise Grid, a scalable version of its business communications platform. Along with the expanded platform, Slack updated its Node and Python SDKs so developers can add the new features to their own Slack apps.

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Daily API RoundUp: Google Cast, Associated Press, OpenStack, Azure Search

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 14:13:40 -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.

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Need to Make Your Website Mobile Friendly? Google Has An API for That

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 15:56:19 -0500

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Google today released the Mobile Friendly Test API, a tool that lets developers automatically and quickly see if their webpages are mobile friendly. Think of it as a useful instrument for what should be a mandatory business practice.

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How to Get Started With Google Actions

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 14:48:57 -0500

Voice enabled applications are widely expected to see a lot of action this year with Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home devices likely to get more user acceptance. As a developer, it is important to tap into this ecosystem early enough to help create the optimum voice experiences as the field matures.

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Parse Officially Shuts Down

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 14:38:40 -0500

Parse has officially shutdown. The Facebook company shocked the tech community around a year ago when it originally announced a year long retirement period. That year long period recently came to an end this passed weekend. Now, the homepage reads:

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Microsoft Announces Campaign APIs to Empower App Advertising

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 14:19:47 -0500

Microsoft recently introduced campaign APIs, under the Windows Store Promotions API, that allow app owners to promote apps and manage ad campaigns within the Windows Store. From ad creation to promoting apps through targeting, the APIs enable app promotion in an increasingly competitive app market.

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Hundreds of Apps Found with Hard Coded Secret Tokens

Sun, 29 Jan 2017 17:21:12 -0500

Two years ago, there was a growing chorus of voices expressing concern about private API keys finding their way into the public domain thanks in part to careless pushing of code to services like GitHub. Now this problem has spread to mobile apps. The guys over at Hackernoon explain.

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