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Google Launches Gmail API Beta

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 01, 2014

At the last Google I/O Google has introduced a new Gmail API aiming at "giving developers flexible, RESTful access to the user's inbox, with a natural interface to Threads, Messages, Labels, Drafts, and History", and bringing developers multiple benefits over IMAP, says Google.

Drupal Integration with Native iOS and Android Apps

by Sergio De Simone on  Jun 30, 2014

At latest Drupal Conference in Austin, TX, mobile and web development company Lemberg has introduced a native Drupal 8 software development kit. Lemberg's SDK aims at making it easier for developers to handle the communication between a native mobile app and a Drupal website. The SDK is currently available only for iOS and Android, while the Windows Phone version should be coming soon.

3scale Targets API Consumers with APITools Offering

by Jeevak Kasarkod on  Jun 23, 2014

3scale launched APITools in the month of April this year targeted at API consumers. InfoQ spoke to 3scale management regarding motivation and underlying technology among other things and walked away with some interesting insights as well as upcoming initiatives to involve the community.

Swagger Creator Wants to Build Better SOAP for Web APIs

by Jerome Louvel on  Jun 04, 2014 7

During the recent GlueCon 2014 conference in Colorado, Tony Tam, the creator of Swagger and CEO of Reverb, gave a well attended talk on Swagger APIs for humans (and robots), where he announced the Swagger 2.0 Working Group and an early version of an online code editor offering a dynamic YAML to Swagger UI conversion.

UBER: A New Hypermedia Format for APIs

by Steve Klabnik on  May 29, 2014 1

Mike Amundsen, author of "Building Hypermedia APIs with HTML5 and Node" and "RESTful Web APIs", has recently announced a new media type design that he's been working on. It's called UBER hypermedia, which stands for "Uniform Basis for Exchanging Representations."

Zoeticx Middleware API Unifies Incompatible Electronic Medical Records

by Eric Stein on  May 29, 2014

Zoeticx has written middleware which can unify data from any current provider into a single common format. Their newly released API provides easy access to that middleware, enabling developers to easily write applications against multiple databases storing records in different formats.

The Strengths and Weaknesses of Microservices

by Abel Avram on  May 28, 2014 1

There has been significant buzz around microservices lately, enough to generate some hype. After implementing heavy and cumbersome SOA solutions for more than a decade, are microservices the solution the industry has been waiting for? Or, are microservices simpler than monolithic solutions?

IBM's Nick O'Leary Demos Node-RED for the Internet of Things

by Steffen Opel on  May 26, 2014

Nick O'Leary presented Node-RED, an open-source project focused on the Internet of Things (IoT), at the last QCon London. The project, created by IBM's Emerging Technology team, provides a browser-based environment for visually "wiring together hardware devices, APIs and online services in new and interesting ways".

A New Style Is Emerging in the Enterprise: Software-Defined Architecture

by Abel Avram on  May 24, 2014 7

According to Gartner’s Yefim V. Natis, VP & Fellow, a new enterprise architectural style is rising these days: Software-Defined Architecture (SDA).

UN's New ReliefWeb API Improves Humanitarian Dev Experience

by Eric Stein on  May 10, 2014

This update to the premier source of humanitarian data worldwide will help international aid organizations by simplifying access, improving data flexibility, and improving the system's performance and robustness.

Kin Lane on How API Commons Will Shape the Future of Web APIs

by Jerome Louvel on  May 02, 2014 2

InfoQ asked Kin Lane, the leading API evangelist, to share his views on open API designs and on what led him to launch the API Commons initiative with Steven Wilmott. He explains how translation and interoperability between the emerging API description languages matters, and how an open internet culture should prevent API Commons from making the same mistakes as past initiatives like UDDI.

Microsoft's New OneNote Service API Backs Free Apps for Windows, Mac OS, iOS and Android

by Steffen Opel on  Apr 24, 2014

Microsoft recently announced the initial release of the OneNote API, which enables programmatic integration of its free-form information gathering and multi-user collaboration tool across different programming languages and platforms like Windows, Windows Phone, iOS, Mac OS, Android and the web.

REST Support for .NET Micro

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 23, 2014

During Build 2014, Microsoft renewed its commitment to the long ignored .NET Micro Framework. This very lightweight version of .NET can be found in for very small devices such as the open source electronics platform Netduino. But the .NET Micro is rather limited, even basic functionality such as accessing REST based resources requires help from people like Daniel Stegmaier of the mfRCF project.

Continuous Development,is it our new maintenance reality?

by Jeevak Kasarkod on  Apr 21, 2014 1

The Internet of Things, Web APIs and Big Data will make continuous development a necessary reality and will tie developers down with maintenance work on completed applications, says Andrew Binstock of Dr. Dobbs. In that case, short sprints, continuous integration and deployment and modern programming practices are even more important to ensure a developer's time is better utilized.

RESTistential Crisis over Hypermedia APIs

by Jerome Louvel on  Mar 31, 2014 3

Software developer Evan Cordell initiated a debate about how the hypermedia constraint of REST is at odds with common web APIs requirements in the API-Craft mailing list a few weeks ago.

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