It wouldn’t be exaggerating to say that APIs are the cornerstone of modern technology. If you’ve ever taken a computer science class, you’ll know that programming can get pretty boring when there’s nothing to link your application to.
Enter the “Application Programming Interface,” or “API,” and all of a sudden you have the tools needed to pull data from all around the world, using services that others have already built to make the most of physical data sensors, internet, and mobile technology. Read more
So you’ve just finished building the perfect API: it’s well-designed and solves particular problems that everyone is having — what now?
You could just tell a few colleagues about it and let word-of-mouth do the rest for you, but if you want to grow your user base fast, you’ll have to get your hands dirty with some marketing. Read more
As the growing number of consumer IoT devices make our lives easier, they are collecting vast amounts of useful data. This trend has just started making its way into the fitness and healthcare industries, with devices like smart watches, clothing sensors, and sociometric badges collecting millions of body temperatures, step counts, and heart rates. Read more
There’s a particularly apparent trend in today’s economy: we’re moving away from big, centralized systems towards collaborative, access-based ones. It’s changed the way we shop with websites like eBay, the way we travel with apps like Uber, and the way we get a good night’s rest with portals like Airbnb. Read more
There’s a good reason why building APIs can be extremely tough and time-consuming: they have to cater to both human and machine needs.
Inherently, this is pretty difficult. Machines are picky and rely on pure logic; they crave rigid, hierarchical structures and definite instructions. Read more