Posts By: Bill Doerrfeld

Lean and Mean Open Data Machines

Open data folks could have a lot to learn from the API community, and vice-versa is true too. As the open data field is about exposing information, there is much overlap between open data and APIs or Application Programming Interfaces, which expose an application’s data or functionalities for third party integration. Read more

How Do You Connect Every Company in the World?

The ancient Sumerians were the first known civilization to record their culture on cuneiform tablets. Much of the written artifacts that exist today from that time are not eloquent prose, tales of old quests, or elegant poetry — but administrative cataloging. Read more

What Languages Should Your API Helper Libraries Support?

Shipping a great API isn’t just about exposing an endpoint in a RESTful manner. Yes, plenty of developer users will be fine making HTTP requests, but for some, that is not enough. Whether community curated or vendor supplied, code libraries are often created to help extend an application programming interface — API — into specific languages. Read more

eBook Released: Programming APIs with the Spark Web Framework

We’re excited to announce the release of a mini development guide Programming APIs With the Spark Web Framework. Learn how to master Spark, a free open source micro framework that can be used to develop powerful APIs alongside JVM-based programming languages. Read more

Optimizing APIs for Mobile Apps

Along with data cap and battery drain, speed is a top usability issue for most mobile device users. Even using the latest 4G LTE, mobile networks inherently have higher latencies than DSL, and devices still experience slower ping over WiFi.

The protocol, device configuration, or app design can all contribute to these slow load times. Read more