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

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

Yelp – September 20, 2016 – Calling All Developers: New Yelp Fusion Developer Program Provides Access To More Yelp API Content & Data. “Consumer demand for local content is only increasing, so to answer that need, we’ve decided to double down on our developer program and give developers more tools and rich Yelp data to work with,” Chad Richard, Yelp SVP of Business and Corporate Development said in his Yelp blog post.

Twilio – September 20, 2016 – Announcing Voice Insights for WebRTC. Voice Insights gives you detailed metrics on all the changing network and device conditions that can affect WebRTC call quality. And because it’s API accessible, your application can use this data to actually improve the experience of live calls within desktop and mobile browsers.

Evans Data – September 14, 2016 – Press Release: New Evans Data Analytics Console Delivers 43 Billion Developer Data Points. The console takes over 160 raw data points (questions) provides for 4 different crosstabs for each one and allows for 26 different filters to be applied. Multiple filters can be selected and multiple combinations of filters can be implemented at the same time. To count the number of combinations, we compute the number of permutations 26 filters can be arrayed, while accounting for the fact that a user can choose one filter, two filters, three filters, anywhere up to 26 filters at the same time, this allows for 42,949,672,320 total possible charts.

Visa – September 13, 2016 – National Australia Bank (NAB) taps Visa Developer Program to Revitalize their Mobile App. Global head of Visa Developer, Mark Jamison, said: “By directly connecting Visa and NAB developers through the Visa Developer program, the NAB team was able to save around six months of development time.” – September 13, 2016 – GoDaddy Launches Domain Connect Initiative To Make It Easier For Customers To Get The Most Out Of Their Domain Names. “We’re always looking for ways to make things easier for our customers,” said GoDaddy Senior Vice President Charles Beadnall. “We noticed how happy our customers were when we developed an earlier system to make DNS changes easier, and the Domain Connect APIs are an extension of that. We wanted to bring the same simplicity we give GoDaddy customers to the entire domain and web services industry.”

Affectiva – September 12, 2016 – The Emotion Behind Facial Expressions. We use something called the Facial Action Coding System (FACS), developed by Paul Ekman, to label facial expressions. There are 24 core facial actions that occur independently on a human face. Affectiva can now detect 21 human facial expressions that map to six basic emotions: disgust, fear, joy, surprise, anger and sadness. The Affectiva Emotion SDK (Affdex) is available on the Affectiva developer program site.

Google – September 8, 2016 – Google to acquire Apigee. Diane Greene, Google’s senior vice president in charge of enterprise cloud computing, said in her blog post, “Today, we’re excited to announce that Google has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Apigee, a provider of application programming interface (API) management. APIs — the mechanism developers use to interface and integrate with outside apps and services — are vital for how business gets done today in the fast-growing digital and mobile marketplace.” She goes on to say that “Walgreens, for example, uses Apigee to manage the APIs that enable an ecosystem of partners and developers building apps using Walgreens APIs, including the Photo Prints API (enabling mobile app developers to include the ability for their app users to print photos at any Walgreens store), and the Prescription API (enabling users to quickly order refills of prescriptions right from their mobile app).”

Parrot – September 7, 2016 – Press Release: Parrot S.L.A.M.dunk: Turn a drone into a smart robot. Parrot, the pioneer in consumer and professional civil drones, announces an open development kit for the design of advanced applications for autonomous navigation, obstacle avoidance, indoor navigation and 3D mapping for drones and other robotic platforms in environments with multiple barriers and where GPS signals are not available. Parrot Developer Program.

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