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  • Personalized Notifications at Twitter

    Gary Lam, staff engineer at Twitter, spoke about personalized notifications at QCon London 2017. This involved giving a high-level overview of their personalization and recommendations algorithms, and an explanation of how they work at scale despite the large volumes of data and bi-modal nature of Twitter.

  • Don’t Think like an Engineer When Designing Microservices

    When designing microservices and their APIs, you need to think like a designer focusing on the users, Nic Benders claimed in his presentation at the recent Microservices Practitioner Summit. Design the API first, then build your services with an outside-in approach.

  • Twitter Cuts Off Firehose Partner DataSift

    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.

  • Salesforce go API-first with Salesforce1

    At the recent Dreamforce event in San Francisco Salesforce launched their Salesforce1 platform. The initial deliverables focus on mobile, and aim to improve on the earlier ‘Touch’ user interface by having a richer set of underlying application programming interfaces (APIs). The launch has been accompanied by new application and admin mobile apps.

  • Ajax Control Toolkit Adds jQuery Support, Updated Twitter API Control and Improved Documentation

    Ajax Control Toolkit has been updated to support jQuery and includes a new Twitter control which takes advantage of new Twitter API. It also includes an improved documentation which describes the usage of ToolkitScriptManager.

  • Article: Automating File Uploads with SSH and Ruby

    Matthew Bass introduces us to the Net::SFTP and Net::SSH libraries in Ruby and shows how easy it is to build a useful tool with it. In the process, he gives tips on avoiding pitfalls with the APIs.

  • Google Deprecates SOAP Search API

    Google has deprecated its SOAP Search API, withdrawing one of the most prominent examples of Web service usage on the Internet. The remaining AJAX Search API is only a partial replacement.

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