Weekly API.Report For April 6th, 2015

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My 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.

Always a good report, when I start with 101:

More on the legal side of 3D Printing, than API:

An interesting Account Management feature:

A handful of interesting Acquisitions to note:

I'm see more Analytics related items like this focused on gaming lately:

I'm calling these API Aggregation, but they are kind of a new take on the topic:

  • AlchemyAPI Web Combined Call - I thought this was an interesting approach to monetizing APIs, by saving developers time. In a world where you have a bunch of microservices that do one thing, and do it well, I think aggregate or combined API calls ike this as premium service will be more common. 
  • AlchemyAPI Text Combined Call - Seems to be something they are doing across the board. Will keep an eye out for others doing this too.

This reflects some of the API Broker style broker I"d like to see more of:

More movement on API Definitions, and not just Swagger, some pretty nice moves from API Blueprint last week:

Handful of API Deployment resouces this last week:

API Deprecation rumors and misconceptions out of Fecebook:

The API Design advice for the week:

The always evergreen topic of the API Economy:

A single, slick approach to API Evangelism:

Couple of API Event related items this week:

Some API Integration insight from SalesForce:

The growing area of API Lifecycle discussion:

Lots API Management moves to evaluate from the last week:

Some very different looks at API Monetization:

An API Monitoring discussion:

The other API News from the space:

A single API On-Boarding story, to showcase how NOT to on-board:

Some API Performance thoughts from Restlet:

Some API Reciprocity stories from the private and public sector:

The growing area of API Testing:

The only lightly touched on area of API Virtualization:

  • Patterns of API Virtualization - I think API virtualization is interesting, but it is hard to help people understand the potential. I'm thinking there needs to be a lot more examples, and storytelling before they become common practice.

An interesting API blip in the world of Architecture:

The PopUp Archive team rock'n the Audio discussion in my roundup:

Pulling out just the area acuqisitions area, and look at in terms of Authentication:

 I just couldn't resist putting this one in the Automobile area:

The Banking conversation keeps on heating up:

The ever enjoyable general bucket of the Business of APIs:

Two things to look at on the Internet connected Cameras front:

Where I place Career related items:

I'm putting this under Censorship, even though it might also be legitimate use cases:

An interesting API related Certification item:

  • An Open Can of Tin Badges - Tin Can API - Not quite certification for APIs, but an experience API driven badging and certification. So you could craft specific API experiences, using the Tin Can API, and have the result be a badge delivery. 

A Chat story out of the business social network world:

Just a single City Government story this weeK:

Some expansion, and contraction from the world of Cloud Computing:

Two Cloud Storage stores that barely caught my attention:

A single, important Commerce story:

The Containers bucket is pretty small this week:

Diverse number of Content related items this last week:

A single County Government too:

A number of Data nuggets this last week:

And directly Database related:

I am seeing a consistent uptick in number of Device related API approaches lately:

DNS is so important to all of this working:

Two takes on the Documents when it comes to Dropbox:

Only a handful of Drone related stories I felt were worthy enough to discuss:

Kind of sort of some Education stuff:

A single Email item:

Some Embeddable thoughts:

An Encryption talk in the messaging world:

APIs in the Federal Government:

Couple of Hackathons to showcase:

I love having Hacker Storytelling items to showcase:

Two Healthcare stories:

A single, weird Home story:

One item to note in my IDE related research:

Two International items:

Internet of Things is kind of tame this week:

JavaScript wisdom from the week:

Yes! Libraries:

IBM continuing to dominate Machine Learning:

A single Mapping item out of Google:

Media related items in the news:

Messaging talk:

A single Microservices tale:

A handful of Mobile to aggregate:

A single Museums story:

Some thoughts from the world of Music:

Love the Outdoors news:

A single Partner story to note:

Payments not as hot this last week:

A robust Politics of APIs tag this last week:

Some helpful, and some frustrating Privacy discussions:

Good to see more API discussion in the world of Real Estate and Mortages:

The Real-Time discussion always dominated by PubNub with their kick ass content:

Security discussions I am watching:

A cool Showcase out of the Noun Project ecosystem:

Some Shuttering of companies in the cloud space to note by itself:

The every fascinating Single Page Applications how-tos:

Adding a single Software Defined Networking item, cause it has good content:

I love anything out of NASA that is Space related:

Isolating this again as a Speech related items, because it goes beyond just machine learning:

Big, big week for Spreadsheets:

And a single State Government item to cover each level of government this week:

Busted out Telecommunications, to show how stunted the industry can be:

Not as much Transparency talk this last week, but a handful to showcase by themselves: