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There has been a rush lately of retailers exposing APIs to enable mobile access to what previously were in-store operations. Last month, Adam Broitman wrote in Advertising Age about Walgreen's photo API. In the article he notes that APIs may become crucial to brick and mortar stores. In the same trend, this month  Adam DuVander has written on ProgrammableWeb about how the Safeway subsidiary, Blackhawk Network, uses APIs for supermarket gift cards. APIs can sometimes seem like abstract things, to a non-developer (Adam Broitman writes "Take a trip to a few local drug stores and ask the pharmacists to define the acronym API. Chances are they won't know"). But, as Adam DuVander titles his article, the Safeway/Blackhawk gift card API is literally an example of an "API in the checkout line". Safeway and Walgreens are both benefiting from their APIs to extend their businesse... (more)

Linking B2B with APIs | @ThingsExpo @Axway #IoT #API #InternetOfThings

Linking B2B with APIs Bill Doerrfeld at Nordic APIs has written today about how APIs are evolving the B2B landscape. This is a particularly interesting article for me, because my personal background is working for an EDI provider, where I linked EDI processes from the private network to the Internet, over 15 years ago. Vordel was founded to allow new Web Services APIs to be used for B2B. Axway, a B2B software company, acquired Vordel in 2012 to link B2B with Web APIs. This caused a domino effect, with other API Management vendors being acquired shortly afterwards. However, none of ... (more)

An Old XML Attack Resurfaces, and Is Blocked

One of the paradoxes of information security is that despite all of the publicity about known vulnerabilities, organizations often do not patch their systems to block the most well-publicized attacks. Years after the hoopla about SQL Slammer, Nimda and Code Red, systems continued to be vulnerable to these attacks, even to this day. If you study how botnets propagate, they mostly use older well-known vulnerabilities which most people would assume were patched on everybody's computers years ago. The failure to patch can be down to laziness, disorganization, ignorance, or complacenc... (more)

Connecting to the Cloud in Japanese - クラウドに接続する

The Connecting to the Cloud series of articles, which I wrote for IBM DeveloperWorks, is now available in Japanese. The series introduces cloud platforms such as Force.com and Amazon SQS, including code samples in Java, and governance and policy, again including code samples (an Amazon policy expressed in JSON). The Gateway "onramp" model is described. Here are the links to the Japanese versions of Parts 1,2, and 3 of the series: クラウドに接続する: 第 1 回 アプリケーションにクラウドを活用する クラウドに接続する: 第 2 回 ハイブリッド・クラウド・モデルを実現する クラウドに接続する: 第 3 回 クラウドのガバナンスとセキュリティー ... (more)

Google Says "Cloud Computing Is" ...

SOA at Cloud Expo Techcrunch reports that Google has some implicit suggestions about newspapers, based on the drop-down suggestions it gives when you begin a search with "Newspapers are." It's a nice example of the hive mind at work. But check out the first suggestion Google gives you if you type "Cloud Computing is" into a Google search bar. I won't spoil the surprise here. Interestingly, Google used to give similar suggestions for "SOA is", but the results are now a lot less frank and confrontational than they were a month ago. Does this show a change in general attitude abo... (more)