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Here are some predictions for the API space for 2014: Rise of the Client It's generally agreed that an API is only as good as the clients which use it. An unused API is a failure. So that's why it's odd that so much attention has focused on the server side of APIs, with comparatively little attention paid to the client side (there are exceptions though, like Runscope's handy Request Editor and hurl.it, to help developer API clients). If you ask an API provider about how their API is going to be called by clients, often you are met with a hand-wavy answer along the lines of "It's REST, so it's easy". While it may be true that it's easy to hack together a client to call the API that "just works", the problem is that that's all it does. It "just works", but doesn't provide the high-level benefits such as: - Ensuring the API is responding according to your expected service le... (more)

The Power of Real-Time APIs in the 'Internet of Things' - Apple Watch and BMW

The Power of Real-Time APIs - Apple Watch and BMW One of the most exciting parts of this week's Apple Watch launch was the example of the BMW watch app. This app allows you to see the charging status of your BMWi electric car, right from your wrist. You can also check the status of the doors of your car (important information such as if they are locked or not!). Although the star of the show was the watch app, APIs had a cameo appearance, since the information shown on the watch is fetched in real-time from APIs. It happens that there is already an example of a watch app for BMIs car... (more)

Telstra Hybrid Integration Case Study next week at Gartner AADI Sydney

Next week I'm excited to be attending Gartner AADI Sydney, where the Axway sponsor session features Telstra's Richard King speaking about Hybrid Integration, at 3.15pm on Monday July 21. Hybrid Integration, and the Hybrid Integration Platform (HIP), are very exciting topics in integration at the moment. Connections between on-premises and Cloud services are enabled in this way, all through APIs. Here is the preview of the talk: Innovations in Cloud, Mobile, Social Media and Big Data are revolutionising how Telstra International goes to market to engage with their customers, emplo... (more)

API Workshop in Detroit - Tuesday 24 June - Connected Car, OAuth, Office365, SalesForce.com, and more

Next Tuesday, June 24, in conjunction with our partners at IC-Consult, we are running a half-day API Workshop in the Detroit area. I'm very excited that we have a great guest speaker, Robert Foster from IC-Consult, who will be talking about about the BMW Group case study, explaining how secure APIs drive innovation in the Connected Car area.  In the technical deep dive part of the API Workshop, we'll be covering:How to secure REST APIs - OAuth 2.0 and moreAPIs for Mobile Apps SalesForce.com and other Cloud APIsMicrosoft Office365 and Google Apps Single Sign-OnIt's also a great op... (more)

Netflix goes Private: Is this the end of the Public API golden age? And is that a bad thing?

ProgrammableWeb has published a story about how Netflix is taking its API private. In the article, Patricio Robles writes that: "Effective immediately, Netflix has stopped issuing new public API keys to developers and is no longer accepting API affiliates. It is also putting the message boards on its developer portal into read-only mode" http://www.programmableweb.com//news/netflix-closing-public-api-later-year/2014/06/14So what is Netflix doing instead? It is focusing on the known developers who wish to use its APIs. As the ProgrammableWeb article explains, this "small group of kn... (more)