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Four short links: 4 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 4, 2014

Swift on GitHub — watch a thousand projects launch. HTTP API Design Guide — extracted from work on the Heroku Platform API. End-to-End PGP in Gmail — Google releases an open source Chrome extension to enable end-to-end OpenPGP on top …

Four short links: 28 April 2014

By Nat Torkington
April 28, 2014

UK Government to Sell Its Students’ Data (Wired UK) — The National Pupil Database (NPD) contains detailed information about pupils in schools and colleges in England, including test and exam results, progression at each key stage, gender, ethnicity, pupil absence …

Toward an open Internet of Things

By Mike Loukides
April 21, 2014

In a couple of posts and articles, we’ve nibbled around the notion of standards, interoperability, and the Internet of Things (or the Internet of Everything, or the Industrial Internet, or whatever you want to call it). It’s time to say …

Searching for the software stack for the physical world

By Matthew Gast
February 12, 2014

When I flip through a book on networking, one of the first things I look for is the protocol stack diagram. An elegant representation of the protocol stack can help you make sense of where to put things, separate out …

Four short links: 5 September 2013

By Nat Torkington
September 5, 2013

Bezos at the Post (Washington Post) — “All businesses need to be young forever. If your customer base ages with you, you’re Woolworth’s,” added Bezos.[...] “The number one rule has to be: Don’t be boring.” (via Julie Starr) How Carnegie-Mellon …

Authentication Flaws in the Tesla Model S REST API

By George Reese
August 22, 2013

One of the little discussed features of the Tesla Model S is that it is another block in the "Internet of Things" in which everything has an API and everything needs to be secured reasonably. There's a common thing emerging in the Internet of Things in which security is an afterthought in API design. While the Tesla Model S REST API does not compromise the safety of the vehicle, it carries an authentication architecture that is lacking.

Upward Mobility: Overly Defensive Programmer

By James Turner
August 12, 2013

By now, most meme-aware internet surfers have encountered Overly Attached Girlfriend  (and the Rule 63 counterpart, Overly Attached Boyfriend.) What isn’t as well known is that they have a brother, Overly Defensive Programmer (ODP, for short.) ODP is a mobile developer …

Four short links: 11 July 2013

By Nat Torkington
July 11, 2013

Sifted — 7 minute animation set in a point cloud world, using photogrammetry in film-making. My brilliant cousin Ben wrote the software behind it. See this newspaper article and tv report for more. Vehicle Tech Out of Sync with Drivers’ …

Four short links: 25 April 2013

By Nat Torkington
April 24, 2013

Alcatraz — package manager for iOS. (via Hacker News) Scarfolk Council — clever satire, the concept being a UK town stuck in 1979. Tupperware urns, “put old people down at birth”. The 1979 look is gorgeous. (via BoingBoing) Stop Designing …

Making government health data personal again

By Julie Steele
March 19, 2013

Health care data liquidity (the ability of data to move freely and securely through the system) is an increasingly crucial topic in the era of big data. Most conversations about data liquidity focus on patient data, but other kinds of …

Who's using your API?

By Bruno Pedro
March 10, 2013

"Who's using your API" was the title of my presentation at the API Strategy & Practice Conference that happened on February 21 and 22, 2013 in New York City. One of the conference takeaways was the concern that almost everybody...

Masking the complexity of the machine

By Jon Bruner
February 15, 2013

The Internet has thrived on abstraction and modularity. Web services hide their complexity behind APIs and standardized protocols, and these clean interfaces make it easy to turn them into modules of larger systems that can take advantage of the most …

A Publisher’s Job Is to Provide a Good API for Books

By Hugh McGuire
February 1, 2013

Intro Here is a radical statement: A publisher’s job is to provide good APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) for their books. Now that almost all books are made into digital products (that is, ebooks), good publishers of the future will be …

Buy once, sync anywhere

By Oliver Brooks
December 3, 2012

This article by Oli Brooks is a preview to the the Buy once, sync anywhere session he’s part of at TOC NY 2013 in February.  Use the discount code below to register for the event and learn more about Oli’s vision …

Creating reader community with open APIs

By Leonhard Dobusch
November 15, 2012

I spoke at the “Frankfurt Digital Night” at this year’s Frankfurt Book fair, making essentially three points (see slides embedded below): first, publishing requires – and has always required – a commitment to creating and courting communities of readers. Second, there …

Four short links: 18 September 2012

By Nat Torkington
September 18, 2012

The Rapture of the Nerds (Charlie Stoss, Cory Doctorow) — available for download and purchase under a CC-A-NC-ND license. Amazon Maps API — if there is an API layer of general use to developers, Amazon will build it. They want …

True data liberation with IFTTTT and Google Drive

By Edd Dumbill
September 4, 2012

The web service IFTTT (If this, then that) accesses popular web applications via their APIs, and lets users create new actions based on changes. For instance, actions such as “upload photos to Flickr when I add them to my Dropbox …

Four short links: 31 July 2012

By Nat Torkington
July 31, 2012

Christchurch’s Shot at Being Innovation Central (Idealog) — Christchurch, rebuilding a destroyed CBD after earthquakes, has released plans for the new city. I hope there’s budget for architects and city developers to build visible data, sensors, etc. so the Innovation …

Four short links: 30 July 2012

By Nat Torkington
July 30, 2012

pathod — A pathological HTTP daemon for testing and torturing client software. (via Hacker News) A Walk Through Twitter’s Walled Garden (The Realtime Report) — nice breakdown of Twitter’s business model choice and consequences. Twitter wants you to be able …

Four short links: 26 July 2012

By Nat Torkington
July 26, 2012

Drones Over Somalia are Hazard to Air Traffic (Washington Post) — In a recently completed report, U.N. officials describe several narrowly averted disasters in which drones crashed into a refu­gee camp, flew dangerously close to a fuel dump and almost …

Four short links: 30 May 2012

By Nat Torkington
May 30, 2012

Wide Open Future of the Art Museum (TED) -- text of an interview with curator at the Walters Art Museum about CC-licensing content: reasons for it, value to society, value to the institution. What I say in a very abbreviated form in my talk is that people go to the Louvre because they’ve seen the Mona Lisa; the reason...

Developer Week in Review: Are APIs intellectual property?

Developer Week in Review: Are APIs intellectual property?
By James Turner
May 4, 2012

We look at the legal status of APIs and how the Oracle versus Google suit may be affecting it, along with the relative popularity of languages and the world's worst C programs.

Four short links: 28 February 2012

By Nat Torkington
February 28, 2012

Designing RESTful Interfaces (Slideshare) -- extremely good presentation on how to build HTTP APIs. Manipulating History for Fun and Profit -- if you want to make websites that are AJAX-responsive but without breaking the back button or preventing links, read this. Why Textbooks Are So Broken (Salon) -- Let's say a publisher hires a developer for a certain low-bid...

Unstructured data is worth the effort when you've got the right tools

By Suzanne Axtell
February 7, 2012

Alyona Medelyan and Anna Divoli are inventing tools to help companies contend with vast quantities of fuzzy data. They discuss their work and what lies ahead for big data in this interview.

Unstructured data is worth the effort when you've got the right tools

By Suzanne Axtell
February 7, 2012

Alyona Medelyan and Anna Divoli are inventing tools to help companies contend with vast quantities of fuzzy data. They discuss their work and what lies ahead for big data in this interview.

Stickers as sensors

Stickers as sensors
By Audrey Watters
December 6, 2011

Put a GreenGoose sticker on an object, and just like that, you'll have an Internet-connected sensor. In this interview, GreenGoose founder Brian Krejcarek discusses stickers as sensors and the data that can be gathered from everyday activities.

Stickers as sensors

By Audrey Watters
December 6, 2011

Put a GreenGoose sticker on an object, and just like that, you'll have an Internet-connected sensor. In this interview, GreenGoose founder Brian Krejcarek discusses stickers as sensors and the data that can be gathered from everyday activities.

Exposing content via APIs

Exposing content via APIs
By Joe Wikert
November 21, 2011

APIs enable developers to work with your content like a box of Legos, building solutions you may never have dreamed of. In this TOC podcast, Fluidinfo CEO Terry Jones says the real world is "writable" and describes how APIs can offer powerful publishing solutions.

Exposing content via APIs

By Joe Wikert
November 21, 2011

APIs enable developers to work with your content like a box of Legos, building solutions you may never have dreamed of. In this TOC podcast, Fluidinfo CEO Terry Jones says the real world is "writable" and describes how APIs can offer powerful publishing solutions.

Jonathan's Card: Lessons from a social experiment

Jonathan's Card: Lessons from a social experiment
By Audrey Watters
November 21, 2011

Jonathan Stark raised eyebrows last summer when he made his Starbucks card available for anyone to use. Here, Stark looks back on the "Jonathan's Card" experiment and examines its lessons.

Developer Week in Review: The hijacking of an insulin pump

Developer Week in Review: The hijacking of an insulin pump
By James Turner
November 3, 2011

If you own an insulin pump, someone out there might have a hack with your name on it. Google decides to make high-volume Maps API users pony up some cash, and the creator of Linux goes after C++.

API Versioning

By George Reese
October 12, 2011

API versioning is something a lot of API designers don't worry about until the second version of their API. API versioning, however, is a controversial subject with strong opinions on both version representation and behavior.

Four short links: 12 October 2011

By Nat Torkington
October 12, 2011

Steve Yegge's Google Platforms Rant -- epic. Read it. Guidelines for Securing Open Source Software (EFF) -- advice from the team that audited some commonly-used open source libraries. Avoid giving the user options that could compromise security, in the form of modes, dialogs, preferences, or tweaks of any sort. As security expert Ian Grigg puts it, there is "only...

The EC2 API as a Defacto Standard

By George Reese
August 9, 2011

The argument for EC2 as a defacto standard is, at some level, the same as it is for any defacto standard: through the EC2 API, you eliminate the need for others to learn some custom API and you can leverage the existing, sizable ecosystem. But there is no such thing as the EC2 API. EC2 is actually many different APIs and adopting the EC2 API as a standard ultimately implies supporting all of those APIs.

Four short links: 27 July 2011

By Nat Torkington
July 27, 2011

ContentFlow -- Javascript library to provide CoverFlow-like behaviour. Twilio Client SDK -- 1/4 cent/minute API-to-API calls, embeddable in browser apps. Postel's Principle Reconsidered (ACM) -- The Robustness Principle was formulated in an Internet of cooperators. The world has changed a lot since then. Everything, even services that you may think you control, is suspect. Excellent explanation of how interoperability...

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of REST APIs

By George Reese
June 4, 2011

I've never seen a perfect REST API. But I have seen some of the most horrible mistakes repeated over and over again by people building heavily consumed APIs. Here's a list of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of REST API design.

Four short links: 30 May 2011

By Nat Torkington
May 30, 2011

Chartify -- jQuery plugin to create Google charts from HTML tables. (via Rasmus Sellberg) Designing Incentives for Crowdsourcing Workers (Crowdflower) -- In a tough turn for the sociologists and psychologists, none of the purely social/psychological treatments had any significant effects at all. The gTLD Boondoggle -- ICANN promised back in 1998 that they would bring the world lots of...

Four short links: 13 May 2011

By Nat Torkington
May 13, 2011

Mathematical Intimidation: Driven by the Data (PDF) -- excellent article from Notices of the American Mathematical Society about the flaws in "value-added modelling", the latest fad whereby data about students' results in different classes are analysed to identify the effect of each teacher. People recognize that tests are an imperfect measure of educational success, but when sophisticated mathematics is...

A Proposal for Cloud State Notifications

By George Reese
April 2, 2011

The cloud ecosystem needs a mechanism besides polling that enables monitoring, management, and automation tools to learn about changes in the state of cloud resources. This proposal attempts to define a simple protocol for notifying those tools through a push notifications system rather than polling.

Four short links: 21 February 2011

By Nat Torkington
February 21, 2011

Amplify.js -- simplify all forms of data handling by providing a unified [Javascript] API for various data sources. Amplify's store component handles persistent client-side storage, using standards like localStorage and sessionStorage, but falling back on non-standard implementations for older browsers. Amplify's request adds some additional features to jQuery's ajax method while abstracting away the underlying data source. Artificial Empathy...

Four short links: 15 February 2011

By Nat Torkington
February 15, 2011

White House Will Propose New Digital Copyright Laws (CNet) -- If the Internet were truly empowering citizenry and bringing us this new dawn of digital democracy, the people who run it would be able to stop the oppressive grind of the pro-copyright machinery. There's no detail about what the proposed law would include, except that it will be based...

Four short links: 10 February 2011

By Nat Torkington
February 10, 2011

Instapaper's API -- Marco Arment wanted to prevent people building their own front-ends using the API and thus removing his (advertising) revenue source. He could offer a cripped API, but people scrape to work around that. He could tithe the apps people build on top of his API, but that's hard work to set up and run. His solution:...

Four short links: 27 January 2011

By Nat Torkington
January 27, 2011

Mozilla Home Dash -- love this experiment in rethinking the browser from Mozilla. They call it a "browse-based browser" as opposed to "search-based browser" (hello, Chrome). Made me realize that, with Chrome, Google's achieved a 0-click interface to search--you search without meaning to as you type in URLs, you see advertising results without ever having visited a web site....

Four short links: 26 January 2011

By Nat Torkington
January 26, 2011

Find Communities -- algorithm for uncovering communities in networks of millions of nodes, for producing identifiable subgroups as in LinkedIn InMaps. (via Matt Biddulph's Delicious links) Seven Ways to Think Like The Web (Jon Udell) -- seven principles that will head off a lot of mistakes. They should be seared into the minds of anyone working in the web....

Four short links: 15 October 2010

By Nat Torkington
October 15, 2010

Mechanical Turk Requester Activity: The Insignificance of the Long Tail -- For Wikipedia we have the 1% rule, where 1% of the contributors (this is 0.003% of the users) contribute two thirds of the content. In the Causes application on Facebook, there are 25 million users, but only 1% of them contribute a donation. [...] The lognormal distribution of...

Four short links: 7 October 2010

By Nat Torkington
October 7, 2010

How to Manage Employees When They Make Mistakes -- sound advice on how to deal with employees who failed to meet expectations. Yet again, good parenting can make you a good adult. It’s strange to me that in the technology sector we have such a reputation for yellers. Maybe it’s business in general and not just tech. [...] People...

Four short links: 9 September 2010

By Nat Torkington
September 9, 2010

CloudUSB -- a USB key containing your operating environment and your data + a protected folder so nobody can access you data, even if you lost the key + a backup program which keeps a copy of your data on an online disk, with double password protection. (via ferrouswheel on Twitter) FCC APIs -- for spectrum licenses, consumer broadband...

Four short links: 3 June 2010

By Nat Torkington
June 3, 2010

How to Get Customers Who Love You Even When You Screw Up -- a fantastic reminder of the power of Kathy Sierra's "I Rock" moments. In that moment I understood Tom's motivation: Tom was a hero. (via Hacker News) Yahoo! Mail is Open for Development -- you can write apps that sit in Yahoo! Mail, using and extending the...

Four short links: 30 March 2010

By Nat Torkington
March 30, 2010

PublicACTA -- New Zealand is hosting the final round of ACTA negotiations, and InternetNZ and other concerned technology-aware citizens will also host a PublicACTA conference. The goal is to produce a statement from the citizens, one which can be given to the negotiators ahead of the final round. If you can't make it to NZ for April 10, the...

Four short links: 18 January 2010

By Nat Torkington
January 18, 2010

On How Google Wave Surprisingly Changed My Life -- mandated in his small company that non-critical emails be turned into waves instead. Saw: more resolutions to arguments, less rehash of old territory, conversation gained structure and could be referred to afterwards, remote employees able to participate even when timezones prevented real-time. I've been looking for the use case that...


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