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New Apple API Opens Live Photo Functionality to Third Parties

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:04:39 -0400

Apple recently introduced a new JavaScript-based API that allows developers to embed Live Photos into websites. The Live Photos API brings a new experience to embedded photos as Live Photos include movement and sound. Apple had previously included Live Photo capabilities on both iOS and macOS, and the new API will allow developers to expand the functionality to third party apps and sites.


What Hootsuite Learned from Building Their API

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 14:51:13 -0400

Creating an API that is easy to use and maintain is difficult. Ask Hootsuite. They took some wrong turns at early stages and have made great strides since then so that they can offer an API that’s fast, easy-to-use and easy to maintain. David Zhang over at the Hootsuite blog explains what lessons the company has learned since the early days. 


Daily API RoundUp:Hologram,, LiveH2H, Meeco

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 15:46:13 -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.


Daily API RoundUp: Cisco, Imagga, Surfly, AudioBurst

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:03:55 -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.


Shopify Launches Marketing Events API

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:41:48 -0400

This week, Shopify introduced its new Marketing Events API at its Unite developer conference.  The API allows developers who build marketing apps for Shopify stores to track activity directly within Shopfiy. The end game for the release is to track enough activity to eventually suggest best practices for marketing activity for Shopify merchants.


What Is a WebSockets Push-Styled API and How Does It Work?

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:49:25 -0400

This is the third part of our series on push technologies. In this part we will provide a primer on WebSockets and how they work.


MuleSoft Anypoint "Crowd" Focuses On Promotion, Discovery, and Re-Use of Developer Assets

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:38:17 -0400

Extending its portfolio of solutions to cover the last and potentially most challenging mile of an enterprise's services-oriented, API-led business transformation journey, MuleSoft announced the Crowd release of its Anypoint Platform today at Connect, its annual conference in San Francisco.


Microsoft Goes GA with Three More Cognitive Services APIs

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:22:45 -0400

Microsoft continued its push into its Cognitive Services portfolio by making three more of its Cognitive Services APIs generally available.


TeleSign Opens Self-Service Portal for its CPaaS APIs

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 17:40:57 -0400

TeleSign, communications platform as a service (CPaaS) provider, just announced self-service access to its suite of APIs and SDKs. Access is delivered through a new developer portal that allows developers to sign up, receive API credentials, and purchase services.


Facebook Announces More Performant Version of React Framework

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:20:13 -0400

At F8 —Facebook’s annual developer conference — the company’s engineers took to the breakout stages to discuss the newest versions of the React and Relay frameworks, both of which were rewritten from the ground up to deliver significantly better performance to the applications that are written with them. In some cases, that means better performance for certain features of certain applications since developers can selectively apply the framework capabilities to some parts of their apps, and not others.


Can Facebook's New Augmented Reality Tools Spot a Murder On Live Video?

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:00:17 -0400

On day one of F8 - Facebook's annual developer conference - as the press waited in line for a security pat-down in order to gain entry into Mark Zuckerberg's keynote presentation, the single most burning question was whether he would make any reference to a recent murder where the killer broadcast the crime in real-time over Facebook Live. After all, F8 is a developer event. It hardly seemed relevant. Or was it?


Facebook to Offer Pokemon Go-Like Augmented Reality Tools to Developers and Users

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:58:51 -0400

In the Darwin-like world of software development, the spoils often go to developers with a knack for spotting the next lucrative platform opportunity towards which they should evolve their skills in order to sieze early mover advantage. For example, many of the first programmers to reinvent themselves as mobile developers and load Apple’s app store with some of its earliest third party apps went onto seize six or seven-figure incomes from the bedrooms of their apartments. 


Google Expands WebVR Support to Cardboard

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 16:59:45 -0400

Google recently announced that it has expanded its support for WebVR to Google Cardboard. Previously, Google had limited access to WebVR to Chrome on Daydream-ready phones through the use of the WebVR API and Gamepad API extensions.


How ESPN Quintupled Efficiency in Its Massive, Real-Time API Program

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:31:53 -0400

Some of the most exciting and sometimes most disappointing APIs are popping up in media. As traditional television looks to reach its new multi-device, multi-platform, commercial-hating, social media-addicted audience, the API is a way for networks to reuse and recycle content in a way that broadens the customer base.


GitHub Updates its Developer Program

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 15:01:53 -0400

GitHub has announced that its Developer Program is now open to all developers regardless of whether they have a paid or free GitHub account. GitHub has also now divided its Developer Program into three participation levels with each level providing an increasing number of benefits.


Daily API RoundUp: Microsoft, Tiny Stats, HelpSocial

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 12:41:49 -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.


Join Two ProgrammableWeb Talks: Building Developer Community and What's Beyond REST

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 12:16:22 -0400

On April 20th, I'll be hosting two conference sessions at MuleSoft's upcoming Connect conference in San Francisco. The first of these is a session on What's Beyond the REST Architectural Style for APIs and the second is on the do's and dont's of building developer communities. (Disclosure: MuleSoft is the parent company to ProgrammableWeb). 


Twilio's Top 3 Tips For Building APIs So Developers Actually Use Them

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 19:27:47 -0400

Harnessing the power of APIs is the key to competing in the new era of software. APIs provide the agility developers and businesses need to iterate and innovate quickly, and they’re everywhere. Businesses all over the world are looking to roll out or even acquire APIs, but if they don’t succeed at winning over developers, those services are not likely to last. 

Businesses release APIs for two primary reasons: 


Kaltura Releases Mobile Video Player SDK Version 3.0

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 17:32:26 -0400

Kaltura, a video platform provider, has released version 3.0 of its Mobile Video Player SDK for Android and iOS. The latest version of the Kaltura Mobile Video Player SDK has been designed from the ground up so that it is leaner and load faster than the previous version (2.0).


Google Neural Machine Translation Now Generally Available

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 15:54:59 -0400

Google has announced that its neural machine translation system is now generally available via the Google Cloud Translation API. The company also announced that neural machine translation now supports seven new languages including English to and from Russian, Polish, Hebrew, and Arabic.


Price Digests Announces New Vehicle API

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:51:55 -0400

Price Digests, an asset data provider to the commercial insurance and equipment finance industries, recently announced the Price Digests Vehicle API. The company aims to provide a point of differentiation to its customers by moving toward a big data approach to asset valuation. 


Restlet Studio Supports RAML 1.0 API Specification

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 03:06:52 -0400

Restlet today announced the release of a new version of Restlet Studio with support for the latest RAML 1.0 specification, in addition to full support for OAS 2.0. Restlet Studio is used by businesses of any size to visually and collaboratively design and document REST APIs that are at the core of their digital projects.  


Daily API RoundUp: Google Cloud Video Intelligence, Pi, TransferWise, HMRC

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 15:33:57 -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.


Financial, eCommerce, Enterprise API Categories See Big Growth

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 14:03:12 -0400

Editor's note: Be sure to check out our research on the overall growth of Web APIs since 2005. At the time of writing, this is the most recent data we have, but check the research page to see if we have a more updated article. We will be continually updating the overall growth chart with other charts getting updated on a less frequent basis. 


Coding Dojo Adds New Languages and a Corporate Training Program for Developers

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 13:30:04 -0400

Coding Dojo recently announced the addition of the Java and Spring web stacks to its curriculum, and the launch of a corporate training program which will offer intensive one-week immersion courses for experienced developers. 



Daily API RoundUp: uebermaps, FXCM, Voodoo Manufacturing

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 17:15:51 -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.


Facebook Releases Canvas API for Advertisers

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 13:33:57 -0400

Facebook has released a Canvas API for Advertisers that can be used to create compelling Canvas ads and campaigns on Facebook. Facebook Canvas is a tool that businesses can use to create experiences that showcase their products and tell stories about their brand. Advertisers can add Canvas to any Facebook photo, video or carousel ad.


Amazon Adds Device Address API to Alexa

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 13:28:15 -0400

Amazon recently announced the Device Address API for Alexa developers. The API enables Alexa skills to request the address configured into a customer's device settings.


Simulate APIs and Backend Server with New Postman Mock Server Feature

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 15:03:15 -0400

Postman, a popular HTTP client for testing Web services, has added a new Mock Server feature to its platform that allows APIs to be simulated without the need to spin up a backend server or rely on a response from an API endpoint.


Twitter Unifies its API Platform and Opens Access to New Direct Message APIs

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 13:47:36 -0400

Twitter has announced that the company is unifying its API platform so that it’s hopefully easier for developers to build scalable Twitter-powered applications.