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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Espresso Logic has added RESTful endpoints for SQL stored procedures to their DBaaS service.
Layer 7 recently released the results of a survey focussed on API design and deployment. The survey showed that API designers are divided on security versus usability as their top priority, there is an even split between XML and JSON representations and strong growth is predicted for Hypermedia style APIs. In summary the survey showed there is no one-size-fits-all way to manage APIs.
Amazon has released a new API, the AppStream API, which allows you to programmatically manage apps hosted on the Amazon AppStream platform. For this API, they chose to build it with the HAL media type. HAL is a minimalist hypermedia enabled media type for building machine-to-machine APIs. Amazon is one of the largest organizations to choose hypermedia as a technique for a public-facing product.
MuleSoft recently released a significant upgrade to their Anypoint platform for APIs which brings together API design, collaboration and API management features. InfoQ interviewed MuleSoft CTO, Uri Sarid to find out more about the platform.
Hazelcast, an open source in-memory data grid solution introduces a MapReduce API for its offering.
Recently, Marvel has made available a public API and a RESTful service which provides access to their comics metadata.
The W3C RDF Working Group has moved the JSON-LD and JSON-LD 1.0 Processing Algorithms and API standards forward to recommended status. JSON-LD is a standard to add "linked data" semantics to JSON.
The NodeJS based Koa web application framework has released version 0.2.0. Koa is the successor of the popular Express MVC platform, but relies heavily on newer ES6 constructs. This release is marked as an important one in that that it reaffirms the team’s design choices from the initial 0.1.0 release, solidifying Koa's API for future releases and production use.
Webix has been updated with support for data-suggest which enables you to make use of images as options. It also adds grid-suggest to select data from a table including support for WebSocket and IndexedDB.
Ole Lensmar, creator of SoapUI, has asked whether REST is really appropriate for architectures that require real-time, asynchronous interactions and binary protocols. In his article he discusses these areas and believes that alternative approaches are required.