Developers are the kingpins of the app economy. Reaching them and driving developer adoption is critical to the success of your API strategy. If you are starting a developer program, this new ebook is for you. It discusses frameworks for designing and measuring a developer program, describes lessons learned from working with dozens of developer advocates and programs across industries, and more.
The question of whether OAuth is an effective mechanism for securing back-end resources comes up from time to time. Recently, an API developer asked whether OAuth is the right solution to secure an API that he plans to make available for mobile app development. All great questions to ask as you consider opening up your API. My take is as follows: If you are working on an API that will be used by third party developers, then there is no magic bullet that will prevent developers from using your API in bad ways. However I think that OAuth 2.0 helps you reduce the risk.
The app revolution has turned consumer expectations upside down in all areas of our lives, including in the cars we drive. Our connected cars are already filled with computing power and experiences influenced by consumer electronics. Forward-looking car makers have the pedal to the metal on further innovation. The video and slides for our recent webcast about the programmable car of the future are here.
How many business cards do you have lying in the pockets of your computer bag after events? How many times have you vowed you'd input that contact information in your phone or iPad or whatever "contact management system" you use? Check out the SocialTagg app, which launched this week, and never worry about losing those important contacts again. We asked the team at SocialTagg about the app and their experience building it.
Have you always wanted to learn how to build a mobile app but never found the time? Do you already know how to build apps but want to dive deeper into modern, API-backed, mobile app development practices? Then join us on Thursday May 23 for a very special online webcast. Register here.
In a recent blog post, @kevinswiber covered the importance of building mashup-friendly APIs. Another pattern that's important to the success of your API is comprehensive queries.
Crafting a delightful API and creating an enterprise database both require knowledge, talent, and a subtle design touch. Oftentimes, a database system is made for a specific business application. It might show which territories belong to a specific agent or which stocks belong to a certain mutual fund, or all the products purchased by a specific customer.
In large companies with big systems of record that have been around for decades, queries often go one way but don't work the other way around. What do we mean by that?
Inside nearly every company is an API Machine, a powerful engine that activates latent business value from enterprise systems and databases by plugging directly into the app economy.
Now is the time for companies to turn on the API machine. So, what's important? How do we learn from and avoid the now obvious mistakes that API pioneers have made in the past? How do we create an API initiative that maximizes impact and relevance? We'll review the key patterns for success: Easy Grab Data Handles, . . .