There has been a rush lately of retailers exposing APIs to enable mobile
access to what previously were in-store operations. Last month, Adam Broitman
wrote in Advertising Age about Walgreen's photo API. In the article he notes
that APIs may become crucial to brick and mortar stores.
In the same trend, this month Adam DuVander has written on ProgrammableWeb
about how the Safeway subsidiary, Blackhawk Network, uses APIs for
supermarket gift cards. APIs can sometimes seem like abstract things, to a
non-developer (Adam Broitman writes "Take a trip to a few local drug stores
and ask the pharmacists to define the acronym API. Chances are they won't
know"). But, as Adam DuVander titles his article, the Safeway/Blackhawk gift
card API is literally an example of an "API in the checkout line".
Safeway and Walgreens are both benefiting from their APIs to extend their
How are Clouds made? By leasing an anonymous-looking building, buying
commodity servers by the mile, then engaging an infrastructure guy like Randy
Bias to put it together? No - I meant real clouds.
So on the day after Thanksgiving, I brought my son to the Liberty Science
Center in Liberty City, New Jersey, just across the Hudson from Manhattan.
It's a great place - we agreed afterwards that it's right up there with San
Francisco's Exploratorium. Boston Museum of Science membership got us in for
One of the features of the Liberty Science Center is its open spaces. It just
James Urquhart has assembled a very impressive list of examples of Cloud
Computing in practice.
Number of applications running on Force.com: 135,000 Number of applications
hosted by Ruby on Rails platform service vendor Heroku: 40,000+ Objects
stored in Amazon Web Services S3: 64 billion (as of August 2009)
Full details at: http://news.cnet.com/8301-19413_3-10405895-240.html
The Power of Real-Time APIs - Apple Watch and BMW
One of the most exciting parts of this week's Apple Watch launch was the
example of the BMW watch app.
This app allows you to see the charging status of your BMWi electric car,
right from your wrist.
You can also check the status of the doors of your car (important information
such as if they are locked or not!). Although the star of the show was the
watch app, APIs had a cameo appearance, since the information shown on the
watch is fetched in real-time from APIs.
It happens that there is already an example of a watch app for BMIs ca... (more)
Linking B2B with APIs
Bill Doerrfeld at Nordic APIs has written today about how APIs are evolving
the B2B landscape. This is a particularly interesting article for me, because
my personal background is working for an EDI provider, where I linked EDI
processes from the private network to the Internet, over 15 years ago. Vordel
was founded to allow new Web Services APIs to be used for B2B.
Axway, a B2B software company, acquired Vordel in 2012 to link B2B with Web
APIs. This caused a domino effect, with other API Management vendors being
acquired shortly afterwards. However, none of ... (more)