There are many misconceptions surrounding what exactly Representational State Transfer (REST) is. The prime of which is the concept of hypermedia, or defined in full context, Hypermedia as the engine of application state (HATEOAS).
Jargon aside, hypermedia is actually a valuable idea that many self-touted “RESTful” web APIs do not adhere to. Read more
When we think about the Internet of Things, we tend to consider it as a loose collection of nifty tools and neat toys. We think about the smart fridge from Samsung that can mark food for future shopping, or the Wi-Fi enabled wine bottle that keeps wine fresh for 30 days, and allows you to order more with a small touch panel. Read more
Last year we hit a milestone. We’re not talking here about landmark deals on climate change or the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but rather that we passed the date that marked “the future” in Back To The Future II. Much has been made of the fact that we still don’t have hoverboards, and the Cubs still haven’t won a World Series in over 100 years, but we’re more interested in film and television’s vision of the home of the future…or, in BTTF II’s case, the past. Read more
It isn’t much of a stretch to imagine a world where biology is accessed and modified through API calls. Not only is this not science fiction, but the first laboratory science APIs are already available. Science-as-a-Service (SciAAS) companies have started popping up, with the intent to accelerate scientific research and improvements in biotechnology. Read more
The Internet of Things (IoT) is upon us. Every object you see around you — whether it’s your fridge, your electric toothbrush, your car, even your clothes, are about to acquire a form of sentience.
Some of them already have. Read more