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…” – October 11, 2016 – Launches Interactive Broadcasting API. “, 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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