Apigee has opened up API Studio, a free online tool for creating, testing and sharing APIs.
Under the name of Project Oxford, Microsoft has made available a set of RESTful APIs that aim to make it possible for developers to build apps that feature face recognition, speech processing, and other machine learning algorithms. Part of the Azure portfolio, the new APIs are currently in beta and free to use up to 5,000 call per month.
Mashape has open sourced their API Layer called Kong.
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, one of the leading MBaaS players has launched JustAPIs, a platform for building and deploying RESTful APIs.
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.
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
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.
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.
MuleSoft has announced this month the release of ESB 3.6 runtime, improvements to Anypoint Studio and the Anypoint Platform for Mobile to support mobile application development.
The Microsoft OData Team has made available the preview version of RESTier, a middleware development framework for building OData 4.0 RESTful APIs. RESTier is based on ASP.NET Web API.
Restlet has released version 2.3 of its Restlet Framework. This release is largely an effort to update the project's dependencies and to improve its API documentation and management. Restlet has been developing a comprehensive API platform with Restlet Studio (a web IDE for building APIs), APISpark (a PaaS for building API's), as well as Restlet Framework (its open source offering.)
ThoughtWorks has published a digital preview of the January 2015 radar, providing opinion on techniques, tools, platforms and languages and taking a snapshot of the current trends in software technology.
Mark Nottingham, chair of the HTTP Working Group, asks the question What is the Web? As he mentions, this simple question has some complex and perhaps unexpected answers depending upon your perspective. A common approach would be to say that it has to be rooted in the Web browser, but that has some interesting consequences, not all of which are useful for non-browser stakeholders.
At the StrataHadoop conference in Barcelona last week, Rod Smith, Vice President of the IBM Emerging Internet Technologies organization, presented work on an internal product they have been developing in their consulting work with clients that integrates data sources, and data analysis.