3scale Provides Music APIs And APItools To The Barcelona Music Hack Day

June 10th, 2014 |

We are participating in the fifth Barcelona Music Hack Day (MHD) on June 12-13 providing music APIs and APItools.

The Music Hack Day is actually a series of hackathons focused on music applications and integrations that covers various cities globally. The MHD is a “hacking session in which participants will conceptualize, create and present their projects. Music + software + mobile + hardware + art + the web. Anything goes as long as it’s music related.”

The Barcelona MHD is organised as part of the Sónar<…

Read more

We’re Hosting APICraft Next Week – In SF? Love APIs? Come on down.

June 6th, 2014 |

Next week will be busy and exciting for API fans in SF.  We’re hosting APICraft at our offices on Thursday, and on Friday, APIDays begins down the street at Parisoma. So if you love API’s come on down. Special bonus – if you come to APICraft you can take advantage of a 50 percent discount for APIDays.    Not a bad deal. Read on for deets for both events – with discount code for APIDays from Emmanuel at APICraft…     What: Come hear about the future of API Design and Discovery! We’ve got an exciting panel consisting of API Design experts:

  • Kin Lane (API Evangelist/Apis.io/API Commons)
  • Jakub Nesetril (Apiary.io/API

    Read more

From Value Chains to Value Networks – 3scale at APIdays

June 5th, 2014 |

In an earlier post, we described 3Scale involvement in the APIdays series of events and especially the most recent APIdays Mediterranea in Barcelona. In this post, I summarize my talk “APIs: From Value Chains to Value Networks” which I gave on the morning May 30th. You can find the slides on slideshare and embedded at the end of this post.

Setting The Context

My intention was to describe the current evolution from value chains to value networks, which is to a great extent enabled via APIs. Related to this I wanted to highlight some of the benefits that come with that evolution (such as new business models) but also some challenges. These challenges are mainly relevant for API providers but also affect API consumers (i.…

Read more

APIs.Json, APIs.io and API Discovery on the Web

May 21st, 2014 |

We released some exciting news at the APISTRAT Gluecon Un-Workshop yesterday together with Kin Lane at API Evangelist: launching a new idea for how to promote the use of API Meta Data on the Public Web. The two things we announced were:

  • APIS.json: A new format to documenting the APIs on a given internet domain and get them found.
  • APIs.io: A simple search engine which uses the format.

In combination, the aim is to both help get more meta-data about APIs available in public and also begin making it easier to find these APIs. We’re also open-sourcing the API Search engine, so others can run their own search engines also (see APIs.io) for more information on this.

Why do this?

Web application programming interfaces (APIs) are becoming the “glue” of the Web because they indicate how softw…

Read more

The Five Elements Of Software Engineering For Mobile (Part 6)

May 20th, 2014 |

This is the final part of our series about the five elements of software engineering for mobile. Part one was about the main differences and challenges of software engineering for mobile vs “conventional” software engineering, part two was about making the right technical platform choices, part three was about getting the UX right, part four was about choosing the right methodologies, and part five was about enriching the app functionality by integrating with Internet-based APIs.

This …

Read more

APIs and the Connected Home – Panel at Connections 2014

May 15th, 2014 |

As connectivity reaches more and more elements of our lives, the home is one of the key places where consumers experience the combination of APIs and devices. We participated in a great panel at the Connections 2014 in San Francisco yesterday (the event is still running – check it out here).

It was a great discussion with fellow panelists Hugo Fiennes, Electric Imp, Stuart Lombard
Letha McLaren of iControl Networks and Kenneth Wacks of ISO/IEC Home Electronic System all talked about various dimensions of success and challenges in APIs and the Connected home.

Our slides are below and emphasize two important points:

  • The connected home is about the devices, hubs, network and so forth within the home itself, but there are also two other dimensions – accessing a…

    Read more

On Copyright and APIs, reflecting on Oracle vs Google

May 10th, 2014 |

Yesterday’s Court Judgement in favor of Oracle in the Oracle v’s Google Java Lawsuit has caused a lot of debate online (CNET [Twice], FOOSPatents, Wired, Vox, GigaOm). Part of the coverage focused on the potential implications for Google. However, the deeper point is that there are collateral effects way beyond a single company.

The EFF has a brief published on why the nega…

Read more

The Five Axioms of the API Economy, Axiom #4 – Organizations must provide core competence through APIs

May 9th, 2014 |

This is a joint post by Guest Author Craig Burton who writes at http://www.craigburton.com/ (craigburton) and 3scale’s Steven Willmott (njyx on twitter). The original axiom approach was dreamt up by Craig and we’ve iterated together since.

The Five Axioms of the API Economy

This blog post is the fourth in a series of five blog posts outlining the axioms of the API economy. The post follows on from the first three Axiom posted (also see an intro to the series in the first Axiom). The five axioms we’re covering are as follows, in order:

  1. Everything and everyone will be API enabled.

  2. Read more

API Integration With 3scale Quicker And Easier With Amazon Machine Image On AWS Marketplace

May 7th, 2014 |

If you’re like most tech companies, you’ve probably looked at, or are already using Amazon Web Services to power Web or mobile applications, data processing, warehousing or storage. At 3scale we host our platform on EC2. So it made sense to give you the benefits of both – out-of-the-box and all in one place. With our recent release of the 3scale Amazon Machine Image (AMI) to the AWS Marketplace our customers can quickly and simply leverage AWS services for their integration with 3scale. Since our open-source Nginx API gateway is the preferred option of most customers to integrate their APIs with 3scale, we made the proxy available as an AMI in the AWS Marketplace, so now the integration of an API with 3scale is even easier and qui…

Read more

Bitcasa Launches New CloudFS File System API

May 7th, 2014 |

Bitcasa today announced a new dimension for the their powerful storage APIs. Launching CloudFS, developers can now access a full filesystem API for storage applications to create branded and non-branded secure high performance storage solutions.

The CloudFS APIs provides storage but in way that goes beyond other systems. The system provides full-featured file system APIs. Hence you can create and manage users, create structured file systems for your users, and allow your users to easily manage their data. The APIs are plug and play, making app development simple. Features include:

  • Secure user directory, with sub-folder structure

  • Directory management; create folders; move, copy, rename, delete files and folders

  • File based meta-data

Check out the full announcement here:

Read more