Federal CTO and CIO Stress Importance of APIs and Open Data

Federal CTO Todd Park and CIO Steven VanRoekel announced at TechCrunch Disrupt NYC this week the government's initiative to open up data to developers to help drive innovation of new applications and services based on that data.

Commercial Terms of Service = A Top Priority for Developers

As a matter of practice at Mashery, we regularly poll developers about their pain points in order to learn which resources help best address the points they identify. We advise clients to make it a habit to actively listen to developers -- both inside and outside their company -- if they want to design an API that developers will use. Listening can take the form of monitoring Twitter, Quora, and Stack Overflow, setting the right Google alerts, but if you prioritize correctly, you should also schedule opportunities to listen to developers in person.

Social Media + APIs: Social Media Club Meetup at Mashery

We had a great time hosting Social Media Club's "Social Media + APIs" panel at our offices last week. The panel included spokespeople from Klout, Whit.li, Involver and ViralHeat.

Check out the great write up on the Social Media Club blog.

We’re packing our bags for Denver. Get Ready for CloudCamp and GlueCon!

Now that spring is here and we’ve stowed our winter coats, thoughts turn to plans to getting away for the holiday weekend or a summer camping trip. But if you’re like us here at Mashery, you may have a whole different trip and camp in mind. Now, we like a three-day weekend as much as anyone else, but today the excitement around Mashery HQ is focused on two great events we’re headed to this week: CloudCamp Denver and Gluecon.

A weekend at the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon

Yesterday afternoon I emerged out of a warehouse and squinted at the bright New York Sunday that greeted me.  Red eyed, sleep-deprived and mouth still tasting vaguely of energy drinks, I hailed a cab and headed back to my hotel room to finally get some sleep.

Perhaps in my 20s this would have described any one of my usual Saturday nights out, but now, well into my 30s, this just describes one of my usual weekends at work.

I just survived another hackathon.

A Series: Practical API Development

When you first set out to build your API, the number of factors to consider may be overwhelming.  Which functions do you need to expose to your clients?  Which should remain hidden?  What if you change your mind in the future?  Can your servers handle all of that additional load?  The list of questions goes on and on, and some of the trickiest issues may not apparent until you are stuck in the middle of them.  Fortunately, there are several existing patterns you can follow to address some of the most common concerns.

Off to PHP|TEK, and favoring protocols over APIs

Scanning through my news feeds before getting ready for php|tek this year, I found this article about favoring protocols over APIs and it raises some good points about API design and interoperability. The main focus of the article is that an API is really an agreed-upon combination of a protocol and an endpoint, and that if more standardized protocols are developed and used, changing endpoints becomes trivial.

MaaS Appeal: The Music We Listen to as a Service

Music execs, recording artists, music distributors, retailers and technologists all gathered at the NARM (National Association of Recording Merchandisers) MusicBiz 2012 summit last week. As with any event related to music, this event offers plenty of opportunity to network and share the latest of what's hot, and what's not, in the music industry.

Apps We Like! - TechRecs

Have you checked out Mashery's latest Apps We Like? Each week we will be posting 4 new applications (Monday through Thursday), featuring some of the greatest apps built on the powerful APIs of Mashery customers.

App of the Day: TechRecs

A Series: Practical API Development

When you first set out to build your API, the number of factors to consider may be overwhelming.  Which functions do you need to expose to your clients?  Which should remain hidden?  What if you change your mind in the future?  Can your servers handle all of that additional load?  The list of questions goes on and on, and some of the trickiest issues may not apparent until you are stuck in the middle of them.  Fortunately, there are several existing patterns you can follow to address some of the most common concerns.

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