Developer Programs and APIs in the News – Volume 2, 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

NVIDIA – January 11 – Watch an AI Play Mario Kart – “A developer spent a couple of days over his winter break training an artificial neural network to play the classic racing game Mario Kart 64 and documented his results to share what he learned in the process. ‘It had been a few years since I’d done any serious machine learning, and I wanted to try out some of the new hotness (aka TensorFlow) I’d been hearing about,’ said Kevin Hughes who works as a developer at Shopify.”

Red Hat – January 4 – Red Hat Launches Latest Version of Red Hat CloudForms, Drives Open Hybrid Cloud Management Across Geographies and Industries – “IT operations teams can face slow, manual processes to deliver services internally, which may cost time, money and competitiveness. To address these challenges, IT teams can use Red Hat CloudForms to increase service delivery while enabling IT teams to focus on critical, business-impacting issues.”

Intel – December 21 – MIT Technology Review: Intel Bets It Can Turn Everyday Silicon into Quantum Computing’s Wonder Material – “Competitors IBM, Microsoft, and Google are all developing quantum components that are different from the ones crunching data in today’s computers. But Intel is trying to adapt the workhorse of existing computers, the silicon transistor, for the task.”

Amazon AWS – December 21 – AWS Cost Explorer Update: Reserved Instance Utilization Report – “Cost Explorer is a tool that helps you to manage your AWS spending using reporting and analytics tools . You can sign up with a single click and then visualize your AWS costs, analyze trends, and look at spending patterns. You can look at your spending through a set of predefined views (by service, by linked account, daily, and so forth). You can drill in to specific areas of interest and you can also set up custom filters.” – December 20 – Firebug lives on in Firefox DevTools – “As you might have heard already, Firebug has been discontinued as a separate Firefox add-on. The decision was made that the next version of Firebug (codenamed would build on top of Firefox DevTools, and Firebug would be merged into the built-in tools.”

Roku – December 15 – New web tools for faster development on Roku – “The Developer Dashboard contains many tools to help build beautiful, functioning Roku channels. In October, we added the ability to access crash logs and channel analytics. Now, we’ve introduced three web tools for speedier development, QA testing, and certification testing.”

NVIDIA – December 13 – Share Your Science: The Impact of Deep Learning on Radiology – “Ronald Summers, Senior Investigator at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) shares how they are trying to improve patient care by increasing the accuracy of radiologic diagnosis with advanced computer techniques. His group is using deep learning and NVIDIA GPUs to assist physicians make a more accurate diagnosis by developing software that improves diagnosis, reduce the chance of errors, and help underserved patients that have limited access to advanced radiology services.”

Google – December 13 – Google Developers YouTube Channel Reaches 1 Million Subscribers! – “Earlier this week, the Google Developers YouTube channel crossed the 1 million subscribers threshold. We’ve shared over 2,000 videos that have been viewed over 100 million times.”

Netflix – December 12 – Netflix Conductor : A microservices orchestrator – “The Netflix Content Platform Engineering team runs a number of business processes which are driven by asynchronous orchestration of tasks executing on microservices. Today, we are open sourcing Conductor to the wider community hoping to learn from others with similar needs and enhance its capabilities.”

Sony – December 12 – New easy-to-use tool for power optimizing your software – “Sony Mobile Research and Incubation department released a beta version of an easy-to-use desktop application, called Otii, that works hand-in-hand with the Power Profiler Kit from Nordic Semiconductor. Connected to the Power Profiler Kit through a regular USB cable, you get an intuitive tool for finding out what parts of your software that is the cause for certain power consumption behaviors. Through the visual user interface you can easily detect power spikes and statistics.”

Yahoo – December 7 – Open Sourcing Screwdriver, Yahoo’s Continuous Delivery Build System for Dynamic Infrastructure – “Continuous Delivery enables software development teams to move faster and adapt to users’ needs quicker by reducing the inherent friction associated with releasing software changes. Now, we are open sourcing an adaptation of our code as, a new streamlined build system designed to enable Continuous Delivery to production at scale for dynamic infrastructure.”


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