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Mashape Open Sources API Gateway Kong

by Abel Avram on  Apr 28, 2015 1

Mashape has open sourced their API Layer called Kong.

RAML Founder Talks About the API Industry: Governance, Technology, and Acquisitions

by Jerome Louvel on  Apr 22, 2015

InfoQ had the opportunity to interview Uri Sarid, creator of another famous API language, the RAML project. Uri is also CTO of MuleSoft and we appreciate that he was generous with his time to help the community understand RAML’s technology and governance, share his view of the SmartBear acquisition of Swagger, and provide interesting comparison points between RAML, Swagger and API Blueprint.

Chrome 42 Disables NPAPI and Related Plug-ins: Java, Unity, Silverlight

by Abel Avram on  Apr 15, 2015 3

As outlined in the NPAPI Deprecation Guide, Chrome 42, which was due this month and was recently released to the stable channel, has disabled support for the Netscape Plug-in API. The reason is that NPAPI “has become a leading cause of hangs, crashes, security incidents, and code complexity” and the intent was first announced in 2013.

Twitter Cuts Off Firehose Partner DataSift

by Saul Caganoff on  Apr 14, 2015

Twitter recently announced that it has cut-off their firehose data distributor DataSift. This move echoes Twitter's controversial 2012 API changes which restricted the Twitter client ecosystem. There is much speculation as to whether this latest announcement is an attempt to control the tweet analytics space and whether or not this is behaviour fitting of a platform provider.

AnyPresence Launches a New API Platform for Mobile and IoT Developers

by Janakiram MSV on  Apr 08, 2015

AnyPresence, one of the leading MBaaS players has launched JustAPIs, a platform for building and deploying RESTful APIs.

Swagger Founder Makes Commitment to Keep Project Open

by Jerome Louvel on  Apr 03, 2015

With SmartBear Software recently announcing that they are assuming responsibility for the Swagger API open-source project, many companies involved in API development tools have wondered if there will be major changes. Questions are also coming from the open-source community and from professional API developers. InfoQ interviewed Tony Tam, founder of the Swagger project.

5 Design Principles for System Configuration

by Manuel Pais on  Mar 25, 2015

Popular configuration mechanisms like conf.d pose multiple problems when trying to converge system configuration using configuration management tools. Ish-Shalom proposes five design principles for configuration that prevent those problems. The core ideas being the use of a configuration API and the separation of configurations based on the type of system updates they require.

Google Brings Places API Natively to Android and iOS

by Abel Avram on  Mar 20, 2015

So far, Places API has been available as a web service, but now it has been integrated in the recently released Android Play Services 7.0, and a beta program has been started to bring it natively to iOS. On Android, this new API can be used on all OS versions starting with Gingerbread. There are not many details yet on how it will work on iOS.

Bitbucket Launches Snippets for Teams

by Steffen Opel on  Mar 19, 2015

Atlassian's popular source code hosting site Bitbucket launched Snippets for teams, a collaboration oriented solution to "create and manage multi-file snippets of all kinds". Snippets can be created via drag and drop, owned by a user or a team and optionally shared publicly. They are backed by Git or Mercurial repositories and can be managed via a REST API.

Effektif Open Sources BPM Software with an Emphasis on Developers

by Victor Grazi on  Mar 16, 2015 2

Business process management software provider Effektif today announced the open sourcing of their workflow engine. The new model allows developers to include Effektif workflows from within their applications via Java and REST APIs

Groovy Lead Guillaume Laforge Joins Restlet

by Victor Grazi on  Mar 02, 2015

In response to cloud vendor Pivotal pulling support for the Groovy/Grails project, Groovy head Guillaume Laforge has joined open source API platform Restlet to lead API development tools. InfoQ spoke to Laforge about Restlet, Groovy, and his new responsibilities.

Community Debates API Specification Alternatives

by Jerome Louvel on  Feb 18, 2015 6

Hacker News was recently home to an active debate on the best way to write an API specification. The community weighed in with the latest information on API languages including API Blueprint, RAML, Swagger, as well as the API tools including Apiary, apiDoc, Readme.io, Slate and many other options.

What is so Special about Microservices? An Interview with Mark Little

by Michael Stiefel on  Feb 15, 2015

Mark Little discusses the anatomy of microservices, how they can be used, and why you may want to temper your enthusiasm to get them to production.

Powerstrip: A Tool for Prototyping Docker Extensions

by Chris Swan on  Feb 03, 2015

ClusterHQ, the team behind Flocker, have announced Powerstrip, an Apache licensed tool to prototype Docker extensions. Powerstrip works as a proxy between the Docker command line interface (CLI) and the Docker daemon allowing the Docker API to be extended. The main advantage of this approach is that it becomes much easier to compose together Docker add ons such as Flocker or Weave.

Amazon EC2 Gains Two-Minute Warning for Spot Instance Termination

by Steffen Opel on  Jan 31, 2015

Amazon EC2 recently gained two-minute warnings before Spot Instances are reclaimed, a feature "formally known as a Spot Instance Termination Notice". The goal is to "allow more types of applications to benefit from the scale and low price of Spot Instances" by giving them time to save state, upload log files, or deregister from other components such as load balancers or cluster managers.

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