The advent of cloud computing has changed the way applications are being built, deployed and hosted. One important development in recent years has been the emergence of DevOps — a discipline at the crossroads between application development and system administration.
Empowered developers have been given a wide new set of tools to enable:
- Application lifecycle management with continuous integration software like Jenkins, Travis CI, CircleCI, and CodeShip;
- Server provisioning with software and metadata using configuration management tools like Chef, Puppet, Salt, and Ansible;
- Hosting applications in the cloud, whether they use an IaaS provider like Amazon Web Services, Google Compute Engine, or Digital Ocean, or a PaaS solution like Heroku, Google App Engine, or any technology-specific offering.
APIs are pretty important. You already know that, or you wouldn’t be a reader of this blog. To that end, we realize there’s an element of preaching to the converted in this post.
However, even some of those who understand the value of APIs may not know that there are countless companies out there that wouldn’t be around today without APIs. Read more
Instagram, the largest photo-only distribution social network, has exploded in usage. With 60 million photos uploaded every day, the app is now cemented as a major social entity.
Third party apps which tied into Instagram were a critical part of originally growing the platform. Read more
As the API community starts a new year, we do so with an increasingly wide choice of API description formats at our disposal. However, a development late last year promises to alter this landscape by introducing an initiative aimed at standardizing how APIs are described. Read more
However one feels about sites like Freelancer, Upwork and People Per Hour, it’s difficult to deny that two-sided marketplaces have changed the face of on-demand work. Previously, freelancers have had to work (sometimes very hard) to ensure a constant flow of projects, and employers wasted resources finding expert talent. Read more