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Google Announces Web Budget API Support in Chrome 60

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:56:28 -0400

Google has announced that, starting with Chrome 60, it will support the Web Budget API. The new W3C API can be used to retrieve budget amounts associated with background operations, as well as the cost associated with such operations. Google pitches the API as an improvement over the Push Messaging API as developers can now perform some level of background work without informing the user.


PDFfiller Announces the Release of API 2.0

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 15:17:33 -0400

PDFfiller releases API 2.0 - an enhanced platform for embedding the ability to edit, host and sign PDF documents into an app or company website. The new solution incorporates PDFfiller’s intuitive editor and signature manager into applications built with PHP, JS and Java clients.


In Other API Economy News: AI API Security, Trip Planning APIs and More

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:49:40 -0400

Before we head off into the first weekend of the summer, let’s review the news we couldn’t cover with a look at what what going on in the world of APIs. Just in time for summer, Sygic is offering its trip planning API and SDKs to developers.


Aeris Weather API v1.7.0 Now Production Ready

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:31:23 -0400

AerisWeather has released version 1.7.0 of its Aeris Weather API as production ready. The latest release includes both improvements/bug fixes as well as new features. Feature additions of note allow users to track lightning strikes, and mixed casing within the location search functionality.


eBay Announces New Sell and Buy APIs, Updated APIs

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:50:09 -0400

eBay has announced the availability of two new Sell and Buy APIs; the Taxonomy API and Buy Marketing API. The company also announced some of the existing Sell and Buy APIs have been updated to add new features. eBay’s Sell and Buy APIs were launched this past October, and will eventually replace the legacy Trading API.


Daily API RoundUp: BBVA Compass, Icons8, UpCall, RetinaLyze

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:31:17 -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.


When Designing APIs, Good Path Matters

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:50:35 -0400

The 1946 biography of Woodrow Wilson includes an interesting quote:

A member of the Cabinet congratulated Wilson on introducing the vogue of short speeches and asked him about the time it took him to prepare his speeches. He said:

“It depends. If I am to speak ten minutes, I need a week for preparation; if fifteen minutes, three days; if half an hour, two days; if an hour, I am ready now.”

Similar sayings can be found from other great speakers:


Daily API RoundUp: CoinAPI, AerisWeather, ecomdash, TelecomsXChange

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:36:54 -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.


CA Technologies Adds New Capabilities to Its API Management Portfolio

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:36:21 -0400

CA Technologies today announced new capabilities within its API Management portfolio in an attempt to help developers, enterprise architects and digital leaders create and deploy microservices—and manage the APIs that connect and orchestrate microservices to build application architectures. The latest features include:


Google Releases TensorFlow Object Detection API

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:03:19 -0400

Google has released the TensorFlow Object Detection API, a new API that provides access to an open source framework for constructing, training and deploying object detection models. The framework is built on top of Google's TensorFlow, an open source software library that developers can use to deploy (via TensorFlow APIs) numerical computation to mobile devices, desktops, and servers.


In other API Economy News: FreePNs Instead of VPNs and Most Wanted Database Chops

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:00:23 -0400

Remember Blackberry? Over a decade ago, one of the chief selling propositions of a Blackberry was the security of its wirless network and its datacenter. Blackberry was essentially offering a tightly integrated mobile messaging solution with a virtual private network (VPN) on steroids because of its privately operated network. It's one of the reasons that Blackberrys were so successful in the government space. Back then, I kept thinking, why the hell isn't someone offering a FreePN; a VPN that was free?


Google Adds Semantic Time Capability to Awareness API

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 14:53:01 -0400

Roughly a year after launching its Awareness API, Google is improving the API's time fencing functionality in response to developer feedback. Previously, time fencing was limited to absolute/canonical time (e.g. 10:30 a.m., 11:00 p.m., etc.). However, it became apparent that people refer to time in more abstract terms in the ordinary course of life (e.g. before lunch, in the evening, during the week, etc.).


Latest Google Play Services SDK Includes LocationServices APIs

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:44:49 -0400

Google's 11.0.0 release of its Google Play services SDK reduces tedious, error-prone tasks through new location APIs. The new LocationServices APIs enable developers to retrieve device location, create geofences, trigger users to enable location services, and more. The LocationServices APIs streamline, and automate these processes which makes their use more beneficial, and less error-prone than continuing to do so through GoogleApiClient.


Prerequisites to Consider Before Moving to Microservices

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 19:00:07 -0400

Microservices look like a universal solution to all the problems of managing a large monolithic app. However, software legend Martin Fowler recommends holding your horses. You shouldn’t even consider using microservices unless your team has some core competencies. He explains what they are over at his blog.


Daily API RoundUp: Meya, Rakam, GetBadges, Linkfire

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 18:48:37 -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.


Q2 Open Delivers a Fintech API Portfolio for Financial Services

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:23:22 -0400

Q2 Holdings, Inc., a digital banking platform provider, has introduced Q2 Open. Q2 Open is Q2's portfolio of open API financial services. The APIs within Q2 help brands and financial institutions build financial apps and tools. Currently, the platform offers 4 services to third parties (i.e.


Final Release of OpenAPI 3.0 Specification is Coming Soon

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:11:23 -0400

The Open API Initiative (OAI), an open source project guided by The Linux Foundation, has announced that the final release of the OpenAPI 3.0 Specification is tentatively scheduled for the week of July 17.


Daily API RoundUp: Clammr, Simplecast, Sqreen, GuruFocus, WebhookInbox

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 15:14:50 -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.


Amazon to Offer Autoscaling for DynamoDB

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 18:10:07 -0400

Here at ProgrammableWeb, we've been paying very close attention to the explosive growth and interest in serverless technologies (for example Amazon's Lambda, Google's Google Cloud Functions, and Microsot's Azure Functions). Recently, even Twilio got into the game with its highly specialized serverless offering for Twilio developers.


In Other API Economy News: Google reCAPTCHA for Android, Alexa Video Skill API

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 17:51:53 -0400

The week is coming to a close which means it’s time to bring you the news we couldn’t cover, with a look at what what going on in the world of APIs. In time for the tenth anniversary of reCAPTCHA Google announced that they are bringing the spam protection service to Android.


Mapbox Launches Optimization API, Mapbox Navigation SDK Updated

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 17:07:53 -0400

Mapbox, a mapping platform provider for developers, has launched the Mapbox Optimization API, a new API that developers can use to build applications with optimized multi-stop itineraries. The API returns the optimal order for making stops to up to 12 locations. The order is based on travel time. The API is especially useful for applications involving logistics, transportation, or on-demand delivery.


TeleSign's App Verify Simplifies User Verification and Onboarding

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 14:00:48 -0400

TeleSign announced new iOS features for its App Verify SDK, its mobile app verification service. Originally launched as Auto Verify on Android only, TeleSign has expanded the compatibility and capability of the verification service, and aims to lead the field in app verification and on boarding.


How to Create a Laravel-Based LAMP Stack on Ubuntu

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 13:19:39 -0400

Laravel, has become the most used PHP framework for projects of all scopes (there are other PHP frameworks too like CodeIgniter, Symfony, Yii, and Zend). Whether you're working on a simple web app or a huge corporate portal, Laravel is up for the task.


How to Use the X-Cart Shopping Cart API

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 18:30:49 -0400



In Other API Economy News: Why NannyCam and Other IoT Security Sucks so Bad

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 17:21:39 -0400

IoT security sucks and guess what? It's really the "thing" makers who are to blame and not necessarily because they're awful at it when it comes to developing secure technologies (although that's a reason too). In many cases, they just don't really give a hoot or they're in such a rush that security gets "afterthought-status." 


Facebook Graph API v2.3 to Automatically Upgrade to v2.4

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 14:33:25 -0400

Facebook announced a pending automatic upgrade of Graph API users from v2.3 to v2.4. Facebook will implement the upgrade on July 10, 2017. Accordingly, developers using v2.3 need to migrate API calls prior to July 10th. The most current version of the Graph API is v2.9.


Mozilla Announces WebExtensions API for Cross-Browser Extensions

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 14:28:26 -0400

Mozilla recently announced its new WebExtensions API. The API was created to streamline the creation of Web extensions for Firefox. Mozilla readily gives credit to Google Chrome extension APIs as the inspiration for the new Mozilla API, and hopes that the new API will become standardized.


Why You Should Use Access Tokens to Secure an API

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 19:03:32 -0400

Too many people don’t know the difference between OpenID Connect and the OAuth 2.0 specifications. This results in devs publishing insecure apps because they’re using an ID token to secure the API where they should be using an access token. Maria Paktiti at explains to you the difference and why should always use access tokens for securing your API and not id tokens.


Daily API RoundUp: Facebook Thoughts, Baseball History, StatCan

Sat, 10 Jun 2017 17:12:57 -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.


In Other API Economy News: Amazon Greengrass IoT, Customize API Gateway Error Responses and More

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 16:04:56 -0400

As another busy week comes to an end, we bring you the news we couldn’t cover with a look at what was going on in the world of APIs. This week saw a lot of news coming out of Amazon and leading off is the Amazon Web Services launch of its Greengrass Internet of Things service. The solution lets customers collect and process data from field-based devices, deploy and run Lambda applications on those devices, and secures communications between devices and the cloud.