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Four short links: 14 February 2014

By Nat Torkington
February 14, 2014

Bitcoin: Understanding and Assessing Potential Opportunities (Slideshare) — VC deck on Bitcoin market and opportunities, long-term and short-term. Interesting lens on the development and gaps. Queensland Police Map Crime Scenes with 3D Scanner (ComputerWorld) — can’t wait for the 3D …

Keeping jQuery in Check

By Pete Hodgson
January 16, 2014

jQuery makes it really easy to work with the DOM and other browser APIs. Almost too easy. Having the almighty $ available to you at all times can lead to an architectural style that I refer to as “jQuery soup.” …

Four short links: 12 December 2013

By Nat Torkington
December 12, 2013

iBeacons — Bluetooth LE enabling tighter coupling of physical world with digital. I’m enamoured with the interaction possibilities: The latest Apple TV software brought a fantastically clever workaround. You just tap your iPhone to the Apple TV itself, and it …

Investigating the Twitter Interest Graph

By Matthew Russell
October 14, 2013

Tomorrow, I’ll be presenting a short webcast entitled Why Twitter Is All the Rage: A Data Miner’s Perspective that is loosely adapted from material that appears early in Mining the Social Web (2nd Ed). Given that the webcast is almost here, I wanted …

What Does iOS 7 Mean for Developers?

By Vandad Nahvandipoor
September 18, 2013

iOS 7 is here and we are all very excited. But, as programmers, this isn’t a time to celebrate. This is a time to be concerned. About what, you ask? API Differences is all I can say. How does iOS …

Mining One Million Tweets About #Syria

By Matthew Russell
September 11, 2013

I’ve been filtering Twitter’s firehose for tweets about “#Syria” for about the past week in order to accumulate a sizable volume of data about an important current event. As of Friday, I noticed that the tally has surpassed one million …

The Myth of the Private API

By George Reese
September 6, 2013

A little over a week ago, I wrote about how the authentication model for an unpublished Tesla REST API was architecturally flawed because it failed to take basic precautions against the sharing of credentials with third-parties common to most REST-based …

Tesla Model S REST API Authentication Flaws

By George Reese
August 27, 2013

As many of you know, APIs matter to me. I have lightbulbs that have APIs. Two months ago, I bought a car that has an API: The Tesla Model S. For the most part, people use the Tesla REST API via the iPhone and …

JavaScript Is Way Too Slow – for What?

By Simon St. Laurent
July 17, 2013

I keep finding that programmers—even web programmers—frequently think “web application” means “JavaScript application.” Programmers are, of course, used to working with programming languages, and often see application environments from the perspective of the programming language in use. These blinders derail …

Scaling People, Process, and Technology with Python

By Dave Himrod
July 15, 2013

NOTE: If you are interested in attending OSCON to check out Dave’s talk or the many other cool sessions, click over to the OSCON website where you can use the discount code OS13PROG to get 20% off your registration fee. …

eZ Publish: A CMS Framework with Open Source in Its DNA

By Meghan Blanchette
June 5, 2013

There are a variety of options when it comes to content management. We’ve explored Drupal a bit, and in this email interview I talked to some folks who work with eZ Publish. It is an open source (with commercial options) …

Google Glass: What Developers Need to Know about This New Platform

By Courtney Nash
June 3, 2013

You’ve likely already seen pictures of people using Google Glass, if not had an actual in-the-wild spotting as well. After getting a quick demo myself, I spoke with Maximiliano Firtman about his talk at Fluent conference that covers what developers …

Bitcoin is a money platform with many APIs

By Andreas Antonopoulos
May 29, 2013

Bitcoin is much more than just a digital currency. It is a protocol, a network, a currency and a transaction language. Most of all, though, it is an application programming interface (API) for money. Nowadays, bathroom scales and fridges have …

Four short links: 27 May 2013

By Nat Torkington
May 27, 2013

techu Search Server — Techu exposes a RESTful API for realtime indexing and searching with the Sphinx full-text search engine. We leverage Redis, Nginx and the Python Django framework to make searching easy to handle & flexible. In Defence of …

From JavaScript to Declarative Markup

By Simon St. Laurent
May 22, 2013

Web architecture separates structured content (markup), presentation (style), and behavior (JavaScript). As recently as a decade ago, many developers worked in all three, but the years since Ajax arrived have brought more specialization. The rise of JavaScript in particular has …

Exploring Hypermedia with Mike Amundsen

By Simon St. Laurent
May 16, 2013

The Web’s flexibility has helped it to survive and thrive, pushing well beyond the browser-based universe where it first showed its promise. While I’ve spent most of my time working with the HTML/CSS/JavaScript side, the HTTP side of the original …

A Matter of Semantics

By Mike Amundsen
May 16, 2013

Messages on the Web carry three levels of information: Structure Semantics, Protocol Semantics, and Application Semantics. No matter the implementation style, all three of these are needed for any successful communication between client and server. This threesome (S-P-A) forms the …

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 …

Visualizing book production

By Adam Hyde
February 4, 2013

Data visualization is one of the hot topics of the last year or two. So what does this offer publishing and book production? Open data activists in particular have been lobbying governments for access to databases which they use to …

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 …

ValoBox: TOC Startup Showcase Finalist

By Kat Meyer
January 29, 2013

We’re giving our readers a chance to get to know our TOC Startup Showcase Finalists a little bit better before the big showdown in NYC. We’re featuring the startups with a personality profile here on our website. Our next profile …

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 …

Open API: The Blanche DuBois economy

By Adam Hyde
November 13, 2012

‘Open API’ is a well-known term that seldom gets challenged. It passes in conversation as an agreed-upon good. However it should be recognised that there is no such thing as an Open API – it is a euphemism for a specific …

The many sides to shipping a great software project

By Andy Oram
September 9, 2012

Chris Vander Mey, CEO of Scaled Recognition, and author of a new O’Reilly book, Shipping Greatness, lays out in this video some of the deep lessons he learned during his years working on some very high-impact and high-priority projects at …

ASP.NET web API rocks

By Rachel Roumeliotis
August 28, 2012

Glenn Block (@gblock) is an O’Reilly author and senior program manager on the Windows Azure Team at Microsoft. We sat down recently to talk about the newly released ASP.NET Web API Framework, which he helped develop, and why it will …

End of a fishing expedition

By Mike Loukides
June 1, 2012

As the Oracle v Google trial shows, we get proper rulings on copyrights and patents when judges and jurors understand the technology they're ruling on.

Microsoft opens up

Microsoft opens up
By Rachel Roumeliotis
April 17, 2012

Microsoft seems to be embracing open source more and more. What does this tell us about the company's near-term future?

Top Stories: March 19-23, 2012

Top Stories: March 19-23, 2012
By Mac Slocum
March 23, 2012

This week on O'Reilly: StreetEasy's Sebastian Delmont explained why his team left Google Maps behind, we looked at the ins and outs of the Dart programming platform, and Jim Stogdill considered the alternatives to always-on living.

Four short links: 22 March 2012

By Nat Torkington
March 22, 2012

Stamen Watercolour Maps -- I saw a preview of this a week or two ago and was in awe. It is truly the most beautiful thing I've seen a computer do. It's not just a clever hack, it's art. Genius. And they're CC-licensed. Screens Up Close -- gorgeous microscope pictures of screens, showing how great the iPad's retina display...

Why StreetEasy rolled its own maps

Why StreetEasy rolled its own maps
By David Sims
March 19, 2012

Google's decision to start charging for its Maps API is leading some companies to mull other options. In this interview, StreetEasy's Sebastian Delmont explains why and how his team made a change.

Four short links: 15 March 2012

By Nat Torkington
March 15, 2012

atomize.js -- a distributed Software Transactional Memory implementation in Javascript. mari0 -- not only a great demonstration of what's possible in web games, but also a clever mashup of Mario and Portal. Lessons From BerkeleyDB -- chapter on BerkeleyDB's design, architecture, and development philosophy from Architecture of Open Source Applications. (via Pete Warden) An API Ontology -- I currently...

Profile of the Data Journalist: The API Architect

By Alex Howard
March 5, 2012

To learn more about the people who are redefining the practice computer-assisted reporting, in some cases, building the newsroom stack for the 21st century, Radar conducted a series of email interviews with data journalists during the 2012 NICAR Conference.

Profile of the Data Journalist: The API Architect

By Alex Howard
March 5, 2012

To learn more about the people who are redefining the practice computer-assisted reporting, in some cases, building the newsroom stack for the 21st century, Radar conducted a series of email interviews with data journalists during the 2012 NICAR Conference.

Profile of the Data Journalist: The API Architect

By Alex Howard
March 5, 2012

To learn more about the people who are redefining the practice computer-assisted reporting, in some cases, building the newsroom stack for the 21st century, Radar conducted a series of email interviews with data journalists during the 2012 NICAR Conference.

Six API predictions for 2012

By Anant Jhingran
December 19, 2011

Among the key API trends to watch in 2012: enterprise APIs will go mainstream, data-centric APIs will become common, and APIs will need to be optimized for mobile apps and developers.

Top Stories: November 21-25, 2011

Top Stories: November 21-25, 2011
By Mac Slocum
November 25, 2011

This week on O'Reilly: Alex Howard explored the implications of SOPA and PROTECT IP, Jonathan Stark looked back on his Starbucks card experiment, and Terry Jones explained how APIs can help publishers.

Strata Week: What happens when 200,000 hard drives work together?

Strata Week: What happens when 200,000 hard drives work together?
By Audrey Watters
September 1, 2011

IBM takes data storage to a whole new level (120 petabytes, to be exact), Infochimps' new API tries to make life easier for geo developers, and the "Internet of people" keeps an eye on Hurricane Irene.

Strata Week: What happens when 200,000 hard drives work together?

By Audrey Watters
September 1, 2011

IBM takes data storage to a whole new level (120 petabytes, to be exact), Infochimps' new API tries to make life easier for geo developers, and the "Internet of people" keeps an eye on Hurricane Irene.

Four short links: 1 September 2011

By Nat Torkington
September 1, 2011

A Chart Engine -- Android charting engine. The Illusion of Asymmetric Insight -- we are driven to create and form groups and then believe others are wrong just because they are others. Urban Mapping API -- add rich geographic data to web and non-web applications. Tell Us A Story, Victoria -- a university science story-telling contest....

Scaling Google+

Scaling Google+
By Alex Howard
August 2, 2011

In a recent interview, Google's Joseph Smarr discussed what he's learned from Google+ thus far. Specifically: how quickly the social network has scaled, the importance of the user interface, and future plans for a Google+ API.

Four short links: 13 June 2011

By Nat Torkington
June 13, 2011

AIRPrint -- prototype box scans a fingerprint from six feet away. (via Greg Linden) Squishy Circuits -- teaching electronic circuits with conductive and insulating playdough. (via Hacker News) GraphLab -- alternative take on Map-Reduce, called Update-Sync, where tasks run on connected sets of nodes rather than on one node at a time. Tower Bridge Closed -- the @towerbridge account...

Four short links: 18 May 2011

By Nat Torkington
May 18, 2011

The Future of the Library (Seth Godin) -- We need librarians more than we ever did. What we don't need are mere clerks who guard dead paper. Librarians are too important to be a dwindling voice in our culture. For the right librarian, this is the chance of a lifetime. Passionate railing against a straw man. The library profession...

Winners of the writable API competition

By Terry Jones
May 13, 2011

We ran a developer contest to see what folks could do with O'Reilly's new "writable" API. Today we're announcing the winners.

Winners of the writable API competition

Winners of the writable API competition
By Terry Jones
May 13, 2011

We ran a developer contest to see what folks could do with O'Reilly's new "writable" API. Today we're announcing the winners.

Four short links: 11 May 2011

By Nat Torkington
May 11, 2011

webshell -- command-line tool for debugging/exploring APIs, open sourced (Apache v2) and written in node.js. (via Sean Coates) sample -- command-line filter for random sampling of input. Useful when you've got heaps of data and want to run your algorithms on a random sample of it. (via Scott Vokes) Yale Offers Open Access To PD Materials in Collections --...

Shopping for APIs

Shopping for APIs
By Audrey Watters
April 22, 2011

How can a marketplace for APIs help developers tackle discovery and distribution? Mashape CEO Augusto Marietti explores that question in this interview.

Uniform APIs for the data web

Uniform APIs for the data web
By Jon Udell
April 20, 2011

What if blogs had come of age in an era when a uniform kind of API was expected? We could then ask questions of blogs in the same way we could ask questions of event services.

A writable API for O'Reilly

A writable API for O'Reilly
By Terry Jones
March 21, 2011

Fluidinfo's new O'Reilly API contains information from O'Reilly, Amazon, Google Books, LibraryThing, and GoodReads. But most importantly, anyone can "write" their own information to the book and author objects.

A writable API competition

By Terry Jones
March 21, 2011

We're launching a developer contest to see what folks can do with O'Reilly's new "writeable" API. Find out what you'll need to get started.


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