Creating an API that is easy to use and maintain is difficult. Ask Hootsuite. They took some wrong turns at early stages and have made great strides since then so that they can offer an API that’s fast, easy-to-use and easy to maintain. David Zhang over at the Hootsuite blog explains what lessons the company has learned since the early days.
This week, Shopify introduced its new Marketing Events API at its Unite developer conference. The API allows developers who build marketing apps for Shopify stores to track activity directly within Shopfiy. The end game for the release is to track enough activity to eventually suggest best practices for marketing activity for Shopify merchants.
Extending its portfolio of solutions to cover the last and potentially most challenging mile of an enterprise’s services-oriented, API-led business transformation journey, MuleSoft announced the Crowd release of its Anypoint Platform today at Connect, its annual conference in San Francisco.
GitHub has announced that its Developer Program is now open to all developers regardless of whether they have a paid or free GitHub account. GitHub has also now divided its Developer Program into three participation levels with each level providing an increasing number of benefits.
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On April 20th, I’ll be hosting two conference sessions at MuleSoft’s upcoming Connect conference in San Francisco. The first of these is a session on What’s Beyond the REST Architectural Style for APIs and the second is on the do’s and dont’s of building developer communities. (Disclosure: MuleSoft is the parent company to ProgrammableWeb).
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Harnessing the power of APIs is the key to competing in the new era of software. APIs provide the agility developers and businesses need to iterate and innovate quickly, and they’re everywhere. Businesses all over the world are looking to roll out or even acquire APIs, but if they don’t succeed at winning over developers, those services are not likely to last.
Businesses release APIs for two primary reasons: