Last weekend, we tried our hand as competitors at AngelHack, an ambitious hackathon conducted simultaneously in four cities. We had a bunch of questions we wanted to answer, including:
- How hard is it to build an app in a weekend? What can we actually build?
- What can we learn about the current state of application development?
On Thursday, realizing that the weekend was almost here, we assembled a team of five motivated hackers from among our ranks who were willing to give up their weekend to see what sort of apps we could build on top of the latest and greatest developer tools from ourselves and others in this space. We began by outlining what we wanted to get out of the event in broad terms, such as "build a mobile app" as well as various technologies we wanted to try, such as jQuery Mobile, PhoneGap, and of course, our very own Usergrid.
Time for a quick recap of what's new and improved with Apigee Consoles. First, there are five new Consoles, bringing the total to 75 Consoles: Heroku, Pinboard, MailChimp, Weather Bug, and Flickr. We've refreshed the API definitions for 12 consoles including: Delicious, Fitbit, Google AdSense, MySpace, NYTimes, Reddit, Ruby Gems, Salesforce, SendGrid, Spotify, Twitter, and Yahoo Weather.
Time for a quick recap of when and where you'll find us in the coming months. We will be in full force at GlueCon near Denver next week, with two presentations. Ed Anuff, creator of Usergrid, will talk about the perils of designing a massively multiuser app platform (Breakout 2, 1:45pm on Tuesday May 22). Sam Ramji, our VP of Strategy will talk about the balancing act of control & performance in the face of mobile devices and API-powered ecosystems (Breakout 3, 4:50pm on Tuesday May 22).
Today we formally announced our collaboration with X.commerce in providing the API infrastructure for X.commerce, an eBay Inc. company. X.commerce is designed to help merchants reach consumers at the edge of their businesses—where they shop today—online and on millions of mobile devices. X.commerce is a great example of a platform going boldly open.
Apigee constantly strives to better serve the needs of developers and to that end, it’s time for us to conduct a usability review of our existing toolset.
If you have spent time making an app talk to an API, and can come by our Palo Alto offices next week, then we'd love to hear from you: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KZH96KW
On April Fool's Sunday, we teamed up with Vodafone for our second 2012 hackathon in London. Apps were built with APIs from Vodafone, Apigee Usergrid, and a number of API Providers including Pearson, European Directories, Soundcloud, and InMobi.
Despite the fact that it was a sunny Sunday in London, close to 100 developers showed up for the event and we had a day filled with talent, enthusiasm, and fun — not to mention amazing productivity. At the end of the day, 17 teams presented final apps.
Best overall app...
The most delightful learning experiences are natural and effortless. With that in mind, we at Apigee strive to minimize the time it takes to make your first successful API request. We make it as simple as possible to learn how to make successful API calls, but don’t prevent you from purposefully making failing requests, which can be useful while troubleshooting. Read on!