Packing list for Startupbus

May 28th, 2015 |

Five developer tools to save time on the road

We are only a week away from the StartupBus kick-off party that we’ll be hosting at 3scale HQ in San Francisco. Since the bus will leave the next day, it’s already time to pack!

What do you need to bring with you on this crazy journey? Besides your usual list of travel essentials, I have some suggestions for tools you’ll need as a developer on the bus. These tools will help save you precious time in the face of weak internet connection, rate limiting on APIs, using a language you’re not familiar with, and the huge bandwidth needed for communicating with APIs. Check ’em out.

And join us for the party on June 3rd. If you’re interested in riding StartupBus this year but haven’t signed up yet, there may still be time to apply.


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3scale Taking Part in the Largest Online European Hackathon: Hack4Europe 2015

March 24th, 2015 |

It’s not a surprise anymore – we love hackathons at 3scale. We are always excited to see hackers create incredible projects in a short amount of time. So imagine how excited we were when the team from Hack4Europe asked us to take part in the biggest online European hackathon ever organized. We were thrilled! :)

Part of the 3scale team is based in Barcelona, and many of our customers are in Europe too, so we are really happy to help spread hackathon culture on this side of the Atlantic.

What is Hack4Europe 2015?

Following last year’s success, the organizing team of Hack4France decided to create a global European competition, involving European startups and hackers.

Hackers will have three months between now and the 17th of May to build projects. Those projects will be divided into innovative categories from Internet of T…

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3scale Hosts First API Meetup in Barcelona

March 9th, 2015 |

At 3scale, we are API nerds, and we are surely not the only ones if you look at the number of API-related events around the world. During the year we participate in a lot of conferences and meetups with the API community, but nothing really existed in our local community of Barcelona besides the yearly APIdays Mediterannea.

We wanted to host a local group for hackers to exchange ideas about APIs and show the world that Barcelona has an active tech scene. This meetup would let local hackers present their work on APIs, as well as give them the opportunity to hear world-class international speakers. We plan to host this meetup regularly, every 3 months at 3scale HQ.

What better time than the week of Mobile World Congress to do the first meetup?

For the first edition, we had the pleasure of hosting the Twitter Advocates team as part of the international tour of the Twitter Flock. Having just arrived from Berlin, Romain and

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API Solutions For Predictive APIs at PAPIs Conference

November 13th, 2014 |

The 1st International Conference on Predictive APIs and Apps (PAPIs) will be held on November 17th – 18th, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.

What is the PAPIs conference?

Attending PAPIs is the best way to learn how to give predictive capabilities to your business and to your apps, to discover what others are doing and how, and to find out about the latest tools and developments.

Sessions are BS-free, chosen rigorously by a program committee consisting of experts and thought leaders in machine learning, data mining and predictive analytics. As a consequence, there won’t be any sales pitches, marketing speeches or buzzword cover-ups — you can instead expect an exciting learning experience full of very practical, technical talks on how to build predictive APIs and predictive apps.

What are Predictive APIs?

As we are collecting m…

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Practical Advice For The Stages Of The API Lifecycle (Part 2/4)

November 12th, 2014 |

The API lifecycle is made up of four stages, which an API provider would iterate through several times as part of an API program: Plan/Design, Build/Integrate, Operate/Manage, and Share/Engage. You can find a more detailed description of the API Lifecycle in the first post, in which we also describe the Plan/Design stage.

API Lifecycle Stage 2: Build/Integrate

After the objectives of the Plan/Design stage are achieved, an API provider can move on to the Build/Integrate stage. This stage entails the real development of the API. This usually means coding an API from scratch, integrating with existing systems, or a mix of both. Based on the paradigms, technologies, or data formats chosen in the Plan/Design phase, this can be more or less complex and time-consuming. Especially for RESTful APIs there is already a plethora of frameworks and libraries available, which help to build such …

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APItools Middleware Contest For Developers Starts TODAY

November 4th, 2014 |

Register Now For Chance To Win Up To $1500 AND Help Make Using APIs More Awesome

Not only is it fun – and a chance to win cash prizes – but an important APItools Middleware Contest bi-product is an increase in the numbers and types of middleware created to share among developers.

Why Middleware?

Today’s web and mobile applications depend on a wide range of backend APIs to make them function, and more APIs and API programs are being made available all the time. But integrating with APIs can be tricky. To help developers with this challenge, 3scale offers APItools that allows developers to quickly and easily track and monitor all of an application’s API traffic. You can also write middleware with APItools to control transactions at different points in the process which is helpful for things like creating alerts, transforming data formats on the fly, avoiding rate limits and authenticating apps. The more middleware, the better. This is where the contest comes in.

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3scale at APIStrat 2014

September 19th, 2014 |

Come See Us in Chicago – September 24-26

@3scale #apistrat


APIStrat, the API Strategy & Practice Conference, is coming up fast! Our team has been busy co-organizing the latest edition of the conference with API Evangelist, and we’ve planned some exciting and informative sessions of our own.

If you’ll be at the conference, stop by and say hello! You can visit us at our booth, schedule a meeting, or come see our presentations. We have something for just about everyone who’s interested in APIs.

Practical Knowledge for API Providers

On Wednesday, Mark Cheshire and Pili Guerra will conduct “Crash Course – Practical API Management” in which they’ll teach you how to get the most out of your API in two hours.

They’ll take you through the necessary steps to set up the infrastructure to secure and monitor traffic to…

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The Performance Enhanced API Speed Hack

September 10th, 2014 |

New Format for API Promotion at API Strategy & Practice Conference


This year at the API Strategy & Practice Conference (APIStrat) in Chicago (Sept. 24–26) we are trying something new – the API Speed Hack.

What is it?

Think of the Speed Hack as a “performance enhanced” hackathon. We think it’s a very effective, practical and fun way to promote APIs to developers.

The Speed Hack format is similar to the Twilio

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Uber API Launch: Unbundling Channels in Travel and Transportation

August 22nd, 2014 |

It is all over the tech news – transportation service provider Uber launched their API. That means Uber now allows programmable access to their core services including passing a destination address to the Uber app, display pickup times, fare estimate provision, and trip history access. More services are to come. Clearly, this  move allows Uber to tap into a range of new opportunities.

By opening their services via APIs, Uber addresses the following API Economy use cases:

1. Developing Massive Reach By providing an API, Uber makes the critical move from being a service to becoming a platform provider. The benefit being that Uber can leverage network effects and access a multitude of new channels by doing so As Gartner vice president Nick Jones t…

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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<…

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