Developer Programs and APIs in the News – Volume 1, Number 5

In today’s interconnected world, companies in all industries need to publish APIs and cultivate a developer community to access and use them. To be competitive today, attracting and supporting developers is essential. The key to cultivating a vibrant developer community that uses your APIs and supports your platform is a good developer relations program. “Developer Programs and APIs in the News” is a series of news items from developer programs around the world.

Developer Programs and APIs in the News

NVIDIA – October 21 – Facial Recognition as a Service for Businesses. “Russia’s NTechLab, one of the world’s leading facial recognition companies, released a new product called FindFace.Pro that allows businesses to easily integrate their cloud-based REST API into existing products. NVIDIA products are used extensively in the technology. The team is using CUDA, GeForce GTX 1080 GPUs, TITAN X GPUs and cuDNN-accelerated deep learning frameworks to train their models and then leverage GPUs in the Amazon cloud for the inference (production) portion.”

Intel – October 20 – Intel Brings Tomorrow’s Payment Solutions to Market at Money 20/20. “Digitalized services and seamless payment experiences make it easier than ever to buy what you want, when you want it. But with this purchasing ease – and the benefits it offers consumers and merchants – comes new risks and threats. Intel is working with device makers and payment solution providers to integrate hardware-level security offerings to meet consumers’ growing expectations while creating best practices to reduce the risk to personal data.”

Apple – October 20 – Developer Insights Series: Marketing a Game at Launch. “WRKSHP shares how it built an audience in the lead-up to the worldwide launch of Battle Camp, and how it attracted hundreds of thousands of players with limited marketing resources.”

Evans Data – October 20 – Cloud Formations. “The number of developers actively developing in a Cloud environment reached 5.4 million in 2016, according to our most recent Global Development Population and Demographics Study, the de facto standard in developer population estimates. This represents an increase of 375% since 2009.”

Google – October 20 – Android Developer Stories: drupe and Noom expand globally by localising their apps on Google Play. “Interested in growing your app on a global scale? See how two app developers localized their apps in unique ways to drive revenue and user engagement.”

Intuit – October 19 – Updated .NET and Java SDKs for QuickBooks Online available now. “We’re happy to announce recent updates to some of our SDKs for QuickBooks Online.”

Roku – October 19 – Roku Publishing Platform – new features. “October was a massive month for Roku developers, introducing several new tools that simplify the experience of developing, publishing, debugging, and monitoring Roku channels.”

DevRelate – October 19 – Social Media Posts for your DevRel Program – when to post? – “Guy Kawasaki talks about the importance of reaching as many people as possible. Guy often posts links at several different times to reach audiences who read their social feeds at different times.”

Intel – October 19 – Intel Celebrates Women in Technology at 2016 Grace Hopper Conference. “Reversing the gender imbalance in the technology industry is a crucial component of Intel’s Diversity in Technology initiative, announced in January 2015. In February 2016, Intel announced 100 percent gender pay parity in its workforce which was maintained as of the 2016 mid-year report. The mid-year 2016 report, released in August, also revealed that an increase of female representation to 25.4 percent in the U.S. workforce.”

Mozilla – October 18 – An Interview With Giovanny Beltran, js13kgames Winner. “js13kgames, a JavaScript coding competition for HTML5 game developers, announced this year’s winners a few weeks ago. Today we have an interview with Giovanny Beltran, winner of many categories at js13kgames, and one of the best entries in this year’s contest. Giovanny has been programming for 13 years, and began working with JavasScript five years ago. In his free time he likes to play and create game demos.”

Garmin – October 18 – Connect IQ 2.1.5 now available. “Develop watch faces, data fields, widgets and apps for Garmin’s wearable devices.”

IBM – October 14 – Tech leaders join forces to form OpenCAPI Consortium. “Imagine the business challenges that would be solved with 10 times faster data center server performance. For those of you who design and develop technology for the data center, this has been a goal you’ve strived for and struggled to achieve due to the diminishing rate of microprocessor technology and design improvement. Until now!”

AT&T – October 12 – What You Need to Know About the 2017 AT&T Developer Summit. “The AT&T Developer Program is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2017 AT&T Developer Summit, January 3-4, 2017, at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 2017 Developer Summit promises to deliver the networking events, exhibits, and content attendees have come to expect, plus some new surprises that highlight our leadership in providing entertainment to customers like no one else.”

Microsoft – October 11 – Cross-device experience with Project Rome. “Project Rome is a platform for creating experiences that transcend a single device so they can harmonize across devices – empowering a developer to create human-centric scenarios that move with the user and blur the lines between their devices regardless of form factor or platform. This vision is beginning to take shape in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update (Windows 10, Version 1607) with the Remote Systems API, enabling developers to extend their app experiences across Windows devices connected proximally or through the cloud.”

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Developer Programs and APIs in the News – Volume 1, Number 4

In today’s interconnected world, companies in all industries need to publish APIs and cultivate a developer community to access and use them. To be competitive today, attracting and supporting developers is essential. The key to cultivating a vibrant developer community that uses your APIs and supports your platform is a good developer relations program. “Developer Programs and APIs in the News” is a series of news items from developer programs around the world.

Developer Programs and APIs in the News

Evans Data – October 13, 2016 – Press Release: Developers Currently Developing in the Cloud Rises to 5.4M – up 375% since 2009. “The number of developers actively developing in a Cloud environment reached 5.4 million in 2016, according to Evans Data Corp’s Global Development Population and Demographics Study, the de facto standard in developer population estimates. It also found that the number of developers developing in a Cloud environment has increased by 375% since Evans began measuring developer participation in mobile development in 2009”

Stamplay – October 13, 2016 – Unveiling Integration for Tropo APIs. “Starting from today developer and non-developers alike can create powerful enterprise workflows with services and APIs like Tropo. As messaging apps are taking over and conversational interfaces are becoming more relevant being able to rely on channels like SMS is crucial and Tropo makes this very easy. Lego for APIs”

Truecaller – October 13, 2016 – Empowering Mobile Identity: TrueSDK’S Developer Portal is Now Available for Millions of App Developers. “It is a very special moment for startups, businesses and independent app developers around the globe! We have launched a self-service portal where app developers can start accessing and using TrueSDK. Since its launch last February, TrueSDK has become a preferred app sign-up mechanism for a diverse set of brands and startups.”

Amazon – October 13, 2016 – Amazon Enables Developers to Extend Shopping and To-do List Capabilities – a New Addition to the Alexa Skills Kit. “Today we announced a limited participation beta for the List Skill API, a new addition to the Alexa Skills Kit, which enables developers to add capabilities, called skills, to Alexa. Developers can now teach Alexa how to interface with their list applications…”

Agora.io – October 11, 2016 – Agora.io Launches Interactive Broadcasting API. “Agora.io, a leader in internet-based global real-time communications, today introduced Agora Interactive Broadcasting, an API for easily adding interactive live audio and video functionality into applications and web with mass distribution capabilities.”

Google – October 11, 2016 – Coming soon: Android 7.1 Developer Preview. “Android 7.1 delivers the productivity, security, and performance of Android 7.0, along with a variety of optimizations and bug fixes, features, and new APIs (API level 25).”

TomTom – October 10, 2016 – TomTom launches Traffic Stats API. “TomTom (TOM2) today announced the launch of Traffic Stats API, a new service to access TomTom’s historical speed and travel time data. The new service is based on the historical and real-time travel data that TomTom collects from its community of users.”

Shippo – October 10, 2016 – Snapfulfil Partners with Shippo to Add Additional Shipping Capabilities to its Warehouse Management Software. “Shippo, who powers shipping at the center of the present day e-commerce revolution, today announced a partnership with Snapfulfil, a leading Cloud warehouse management system (WMS). Using Shippo’s popular API, Snapfulfil can enhance its warehouse management solution with integrated access to global shipping providers such as USPS, FedEx, UPS, DHL Express, and ParcelForce, via Shippo directly from their platform.”

Red Hat – October 7, 2016 – Using API keys securely in your OpenShift microservices and applications. “In the microservices landscape, the API provides an essential form of communication between components. To allow secure communication between microservices components, as well as third-party applications, it’s important to be able to consume API keys and other sensitive data in a manner that doesn’t place the data at risk.”

Cisco – October 4, 2016 – Serverless Architectures and the Implications. “Serverless has far reaching implications as to how applications is crafted now and in the future. Yes, servers are still needed. These function-as-a-service plays like AWS lambda, Google Cloud Functions, Azure Functions, IBM’s OpenWisk, and others run on containers that require an operating system and necessary libraries like any modern application.”

Slack – October 2, 2016 – How the Slack app ecosystem is helping chatbot developers – VentureBeat. “It’s good to be part of the Slack ecosystem. Our bot MailClark is among 600 third-party apps that work on Slack. … Slack wants us there, and it goes out of its way to care for us. Take, for instance, the $80 million venture fund it formed last year exclusively for apps. It already spent $2 million funding companies with apps that work on Slack, typically awarding around $100,000 per company.”

 

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Developer Programs and APIs in the News – Volume 1, Number 3

In today’s interconnected world, companies in all industries need to publish APIs and cultivate a developer community to access and use them. To be competitive today, attracting and supporting developers is essential. The key to cultivating a vibrant developer community that uses your APIs and supports your platform is a good developer relations program. “Developer Programs and APIs in the News” is a series of news items from developer programs around the world.

Developer Programs and APIs in the News

IBM – October 7, 2016 – Cognitive Skills: The next mastery challenge for developers by Willie Tejada. “Today, developers are driving critical decisions in the API economy, choosing the technology businesses are using to innovate and drive digital disruption. Their embrace of cognitive computing is growing rapidly.”

Facebook – October 6, 2016 – The Oculus Connect 3 Conference Opening Keynote replay is on Facebook. “Virtual reality is the perfect platform to put people first, because of presence. You feel like you’re really there,” said Mark Zuckerberg. “The point is,” he added. “we have this space and we can do anything with it.” The 8 biggest stories from Oculus Connect 3 – The Verge.

Evans Data – October 5, 2016 – Mobile Developer Ranks Reach 12M, to Top 14M by 2020 – eWeek. “Mobile development has really become ubiquitous” said Janel Garvin, CEO of Evans Data, in a statement. “Mobile devices are everywhere, but while most modern applications support mobile devices, not all developers are working on the client target side. Some are server or back-end oriented or are concentrating more on the application logic or more and more on newer machine learning implementations, so watching the number of mobile developers move from just under two million 10 years ago to 12 million today just provides a reflection of the use of mobile devices today.”

Salesforce – October 5, 2016 – Our Path Together: A Recap of Marc Benioff’s Dreamforce ’16 Keynote. “Our Path Together brings you up to speed with everything new and important that Marc shared at DreamforceMarc including Salesforce Einstein™ and why we’re bringing the power of AI to CRM, the latest on Lightning and the Salesforce1 Mobile App, Productivity supercharged with Quip, Commerce Cloud and the path to unified commerce, How to connect every thing with IoT Cloud, Customer success stories” and more.

Box – October 4, 2016 – Now Accepting Applications for the Box Platform Incubator Program. “The Box Platform Incubator Program is a free 6-month program to help qualified companies build, launch, and scale app businesses that leverage Box Platform and Amazon Web Services. Applications are now open and you can submit your company’s application”

Open API Initiative (OAI) – October 3, 2016 – Structural Improvements: explaining the OpenAPI 3.0 spec. “With the version 3.0 of the OpenAPI Specification nearing a beta candidate, this series of posts is meant to provide insight into what is changing and how.”

Nutritionix – September 30, 2016 – Nutritionix API v2.0 Officially Launches. “Our v2.0 API continues our mission of making it as easy as possible for people to understand and track what they eat.”

GitHub, GitLab, Atlassian – September 28, 2016 – Enterprise repo wars: GitHub vs. GitLab vs. Bitbucket – InfoWorld. “GitLab and Atlassian have GitHub in the cross-hairs among organizations seeking enterprise-grade features for their privately hosted repos”.

Intel – September 15, 2016 – The Art of User Engagement. “In this guest article, Intel Innovator, Peter O’Hanlon, explains the art of user engagement, from how to create it to how to measure it.”

 

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Hot Developer Topics – Big Data, Machine Learning, IoT, Mobile and Cloud

While developers go about their daily tasks, they are also keeping an eye out for hot and cool (can I say both words in the same breath?) technologies invading their development space. Who doesn’t want to read about hot developer topics and work on really cool technologies? Who doesn’t want to make sure they are keeping up on today’s and tomorrow’s hot topics? On every developer news site, most programming blogs, at tech conferences and during just about every product launch you’ll hear the presenter make a connection to big data, machine learning, deep learning, mobile devices, cloud computing and the Internet of Things. The discussions go beyond a focus on one hot developer topic to include the integration of multiple technologies to create awesome solutions.

The Latest Hot Developer Topics

You don’t have to look very far down your favorite developer news sites to see headlines focused hot developer topics.

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What are the latest trends impacting software developers? The need for Big Data development solutions is becoming a reality for more and more companies with the hyper-explosive growth of company data. To improve business decision making, developers are leveraging analytics platforms, machine and deep learning technologies. To connect beyond our desktop computers to billions of devices and sensors, developers are exploring interfaces to every device in their office, on their manufacturing floor, connected to their bodies, running in their homes and available in their cars. To scale their company’s platforms and services, developers are enhancing their application architectures to be housed in on premis and cloud based computing and storage environments.

Evans Data Researches the Hot Developer Topics

Evans Data Corporation was created to fill the demand for market research, market intelligence, and strategic planning in the software development industry. Since then we have become the industry leader in market intelligence focused on all areas of development from software to hardware to mobility. Developers present a highly focused, highly technical and very influential segment of the software industry, and the need to keep a finger on the pulse of the development community is well understood by many manufacturers. Because of the nature of development and the quickly changing technologies that form their world, traditional market research and consulting services seldom achieve adequate results.

Several Evans Data hot developer topics research reports are available. We also cover emerging developer trends in our global development, developer population, developer marketing and developer relations surveys. Click on the links below to find a description and table of contents for each report.

If you don’t find a report on this list, contact us and we’ll collaborate with your team to create custom developer research for topics key to your company’s success.

Developer Programs and APIs in the News – Volume 1, Number 2

In today’s interconnected world, companies in all industries need to publish APIs and cultivate a developer community to access and use them. To be competitive today, attracting and supporting developers is essential. The key to cultivating a vibrant developer community that uses your APIs and supports your platform is a good developer relations program. “Developer Programs and APIs in the News” is a series of news items from developer programs around the world.

Developer Programs and APIs in the News

Google – September 29, 2016 – Google Cloud Machine Learning: now open to all with new professional services and education programs. “Google Cloud Machine Learning is now publicly available in beta and can empower all businesses to easily train quality machine learning models at a faster rate. With its powerful distributed training capability, you can train models on terabytes of data within hours, instead of waiting for days.”

Four51 – September 29, 2016 – Four51 Launches OrderCloud.io, an Industry-First, API-Driven B2B eCommerce Platform for Developers. “Announced today the launch of OrderCloud.io, a headless eCommerce platform that is completely exposed via a RESTful API. The launch of OrderCloud.io builds on the rapid rise of the API Economy, as evidenced in 2016 by at least two API success stories: Twilio, an API-centric mobile messaging company, one of the most successful tech IPOs of the year, and Apigee, an API management company, which was recently acquired by Google for $625 million.”

Evans Data – September 29, 2016 – Machine Learning and Developer Programs – “Major manufacturers are racing with each other to provide tools and APIs to facilitate ML on their platforms. IBM has long been offering Watson APIs on their Blue Mix platform, while Microsoft has an entire Cortana development suite on Azure. Amazon provides ML APIs for AWS. HP has Haven on Demand. The list goes on and on.”

MasterCard – September 28, 2016 – Mastercard Accelerates the Pace of Commerce Innovation with Launch of Mastercard Developers. “This single gateway enables Mastercard partners to access a diverse range of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) across payments, data and security. The platform also includes a ‘New and Experimental’ API category that enables partners to test new technologies and applications.”

Facebook, Amazon, Google, IBM, Microsoft – September 28, 2016 – Industry Leaders Establish Partnership on AI Best Practices. “Partnership on AI to benefit people and society.  Amazon, DeepMind/Google, Facebook, IBM, and Microsoft today announced that they will create a non-profit organization that will work to advance public understanding of artificial intelligence technologies (AI) and formulate best practices on the challenges and opportunities within the field.”

IBM – September 28, 2016 – IBM Launches Watson-Based Project DataWorks – eWeek. “The new solution automates the deployment of all types of data on the IBM Cloud using machine learning and Apache Spark.”

Facebook – September 28, 2016 – Facebook Analytics for Apps Launches Cross-Platform Analytics (beta). “Analytics for Apps is introducing a beta that adds support for web measurement and cross-platform metrics. At Facebook, we believe in thinking about people, not devices and we know that in the course of completing a task, people are highly likely to switch between multiple platforms and devices. Since launching at F8 in 2015, over 800,000 unique apps have used the service.”

RStudio – September 27, 2016 – sparklyr — R interface for Apache Spark. “Over the past couple of years we’ve heard time and time again that people want a native dplyr interface to Spark, so we built one! sparklyr also provides interfaces to Spark’s distributed machine learning algorithms and much more.”

SoundCloud – September 23, 2016 – API Sign-up Changes. “Starting today, developers will need to fill out an application form to request access to our API. All new requests for an API key must go through the review process, where applications will be reviewed on a case by case basis, in line with our API Terms of Use.”

Google – September 22, 2016 – Google VR SDK graduates out of beta. “We are proud to announce that the Google VR SDK 1.0 with support for Daydream has graduated out of beta, and is now available on the Daydream developer site.”

Tableau – September 22, 2016 – Building the ISS Tracker Using JSON and Tableau JavaScript API. “A few weeks ago, I created a viz that tracks the position of the International Space Station using a live JSON feed and the Tableau JavaScript API. Building this visualization requires a bit of coding, HTML, Javascript, and AJAX, but the code is very short and very straightforward.”

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