- January 06, 2017

hero-book-blogAPI Developer Weekly – January 5, 2017 – Issue #143
A hand-curated weekly newsletter for API developers, published with permission from LaunchAny and CaseySoftware.

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Hot Topics

What Is the Value of Your RESTful API?
In a world of microservices that are providing consumers with an array of RESTful APIs, it is important to understand the value of your RESTful API. In fact, a good first step is to understand the value before starting the planning process of building your service. []

The Most Interesting APIs of 2016
A series of articles that examine interesting APIs across 10 different categories via ProgrammableWeb.

How the Lob direct mail API grew by staying focused
Lob is an API company. Our tools let businesses build powerful applications that use print and mail. Companies can send postcards, letters, or checks as easily as email. We’re building a suite of APIs for businesses to solve tough operational problems. Stripe and Braintree make it really easy to do payment processing. by Gordon Wintrob []

Developer Portal components – part 6: Software Development Kits (SDKs)
The main purpose of Platform Software Development Kits and Helper/Client Libraries is to accelerate and simplify development. A well maintained SDK is a trust signal that indicates the level of support and usage of your API for a language, framework, or development platform. []

Exploring The Economics of Wholesale and Retail Algorithmic APIs
All of this gives me some pretty solid numbers to work with when trying to build a viable business built on top of Algorithmia. In theory, when my customers use my algorithmic rotoscope image or video interface, as well as the API, I can cover my operating costs, and generate a healthy profit by charging a per image cost for applying a machine learning texture filter. []

A Complete Guide to JSON-LD
JSON-LD implementation is a way of adding structured data markup and is much easier than it sounds. Learn more about implementing JSON-LD in this post. []

How Difficult Can It Be to Integrate Software Development Tools? The Hard Truth
Integrating tools used in software development and delivery is very hard. Getting endpoints to inter-operate is not a purely technical challenge, it’s more of a business problem. While there are a few choices in selecting the technical integration infrastructure (integration via APIs or at the database layer), the real challenges have more to do with friction caused by the dissimilarities. []

Upcoming Web API Events
A list of upcoming Web API Events, maintained by Matthew Reinbold


The Business of APIs

Universal Music CTO talks APIs
A look at the changing face of music and how Ty Roberts, CTO of Universal Music, sees APIs as part of this transformation. []

7 Rapid API Integration Guides
Here at Hitch, our mission is to help API providers and consumers work closely together. One way of accomplishing this goal has been sharing ideas, recommendations, and tools to help anyone interested in launching an API program focus on the right things from the beginning. by Bruno Pedro []

Thinking About The Monetization Layer For Public Data
This is my walk-through of the concepts involved with the monetization of public data using APIs. []

Google Expands Reach to Enterprise with Machine Learning APIs
Enterprise cloud usage has been in the forefront of big players for the past few years. Amazon, IBM, Google and Microsoft are expanding their offerings to serve better the enterprise users and their needs. Google announced a set of machine learning based services focused on enterprise users. []

QnA Maker
Integrate Microsoft Cognitive Services to enable your bot to see, hear, interpret and interact in more human ways. QnA Maker integrates with other APIs and solutions seamlessly and at scale to be a know-it-all part of a bigger bot or great standalone. []

An MVP is not a Cheaper Product, It’s about Smart Learning
A minimum viable product (MVP) is not always a smaller/cheaper version of your final product. Defining the goal for a MVP can save you tons of time, money and grief. Drones over the Heartland I ran into a small startup at Stanford who wants to fly Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones) with a Hyper-spectral camera over farm fields to collect hyper-spectral images. by steve blank []


(Un)Related Topics

Police seek Amazon Echo data in murder case
Amazon’s Echo devices and its virtual assistant are meant to help find answers by listening for your voice commands. However, police in Arkansas want to know if one of the gadgets overheard something that can help with a murder case. The company declined to do so, but the case raises bigger questions about IoT privacy. []

Harnessing the Power of Architectural Design Principles
Architecture principles epitomize architecture’s function: to clearly define the necessary constraints on a system’s design without prescriptively defining all the design details. A good set of principles can provide context and justification for design decisions and can foster team collaboration and communication. []

In 2016, the tech industry forgot about people
It’s been more than three years since I moved to Silicon Valley, and so far everything they say is true: it’s a place driven by optimism, hope, and high-priced electric vehicles. The downsides are less obvious, but very real. by Lauren Goode []


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