Weekly API.Report For March 2nd, 2015

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I am a couple days late on this weeks API.Report, after being sick last week, taking the weekend to recover--at least I got it done. The process is proving to very valuable to my understanding of what is going on, so I predict it will continue. 

The Weekly API.Report represents the best of what I've read throughout the week, and is only what I personally felt should be showcased. Each news item comes with a link, and some thoughts I had after curating the piece of API related news. I'm trying to break down stories into as coherent buckets as I can, but it remains something that is ever changing for me, but ultimately I will settle on a clear definition for each of the research areas.

I am a big fan of any API 101 work out there, helping on-board new users, and industries:

I thought this was interesting - around open data and addresses:

We will continue to see open data and APIs impacting agriculture:

I'm working hard to push for new tooling around popular API definition formats:

Some interesting movement on several API deployment fronts:

Great advice and insight when it comes to API design:

API goings on at API conferences, and meetups:

Only two API integration stories worth showcasing this week:

Lots of rich API management related news stories, helping me understand how providers are operating:

This was some of my thoughts on what types of API tooling I'd like to see emerge in the space:

Some interesting news out of the API driven automobile space:

I am working on a similar report, so I was happy to see other research to stimulate the banking API conversation:

Mostly my own business of APIs thoughts, but a couple of interesting additions to learn from:

An interesting CDN API story:

A few of my thoughts on generating client code using API definitions:

It is really interesting to watch the giants battle it out in the world of cloud computing:

Also keeping eye on the leading, API driven cloud storage and document providers:

I thought Matrix was interesting enough to showcase as an API communication story:

My efforts to keep track on the latest containerization stories:

I'd like to see more stories, and open data and API work around crime resources:

I'm going to have to get better at breaking out data, into more meaningful categories (the list is kind of big):

So many areas of my research are interesting, and the data center has central role:

A few stories involving databases, and the potential for deploying APis from common data connections:

Interesting to better understand API discovery from Microsoft, around their office suite:

A politics of APIs discussion I haven't seen before:

Education related API stories always make me happy--there just aren't enough:

Two interesting embeddable API stories this week:

Another important conversation going on in 2015 is around encryption:

An area we need more activity is when it comes to energy APIs:

Lots of momentum with APIs in the federal government:

Many layers to FinTech, and I am trying to give different views of the financial API discussion:

EH, insurance, quantified-self, and government regulation when in the healthcare industry:

An area I will continue to carve off the bigger IoT discussion is APIs used in the home:

I'm feeling like HTTP/2 is going to keep moving the ground under our feet in coming months:

An interesting take on image search, and I'm seeing lots of activity over at Autodesk:

As the enterprise beats the IoT drum, the rhythm is focused on industrial implementations:

Some quick takes on API integration:

Like data, I'm going to have to get better at organizing and breaking areas of of the Internet of Things (IoT) area:

I like to keep an eye on companies who are hiring for API focused roles, and I think the last one is really interesting, and a little scary:

I'm guessing IBM and the Watson team will dominate the machine learning and AI APIs conversation:

Nice mapping roundup from PW:

Just a couple microservice related thoughts from the week:

A couple more big moves when it comes to mobile, from New Relic and Akamai:

Some API monetization stories, ranging from the sane to crazy over at AT&T:

Music is always an important discussion when it comes to APIs:

Keeping a close eye on these data center, and networking related stories:

Im going to do a little hacking on Microsoft's new notes API, to see what it delivers:

Couple of open source discussions to highlight:

Keeping an eye on who is partnering across API space:

I'm not sure what category to put this into yet:

I think its clear that Google wants to play in payments, if they can find their footing:

Interesting usage of YouTube (which has APIs), with police story out of Seattle:

I predict lots of investment in open data and API driven tools in politics and elections:

Lots of great privacy discussions to follow this last week:

I guess I'm still tracking on quantified self, stories that catch my attention seem to be few and far between:

Pubnub rock'n real-time, with some interesting implementations:

Handful of reciprocity stories:

Another regulation blip from federal government, this time in healthcare:

Scraping will continue to play big role:

The API SDK conversation continues to move forward:

Lots to think about on the security front:

Maybe another area I'll carve off IoT is smart watches:

Single Page Applications (SPA) and APIs are getting interesting:

I thought this was an interesting spreadsheets story, and there are lessons there for the API space:

Google making some terms of service (TOS) changes:

When I think of future of transportation, I think transit APIs:

One of the most important aspects around the politics of APIs is transparency:

My thoughts about how APIs and micro-services will evolve the vendor relationship:

API driven visualization is something that keeps me excited about APIs recently:

In my opinion, wholesale APIs will be an important side effect of the containerization of APIs:

WordPress is still an import platform development kit (PDK), especially if Twitter is tackling themselves:

That concludes my report on what I read last week across the API space. I'm still working on pulling together a summary e-newsletter version, allowing people to get an executive summary of what I thought was important from the week--I am hoping it will be available next week. I'm also going to auto-generate some visualizations, and summary counts for each week. I'd like to see a tag cloud, and overall counts to help me understand the scope of news I cover each week.

As I did last week, I'm walking away with a better awareness of what is happening across the space. It isn't enough for me to read all of this API news in isolation, it helps to see it side by side with other news, allowing me to see and understand patterns that I may have missed. 

Thanks for reading. ;-)

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