How do you recognize a good API? It’s tough, but one thing is sure, a good interface allows easy swapping of components. If it doesn’t allow easy swapping of components, it’s not a good interface.
Source: 9 – systemD: Interfaces last longer than code – Slashdot
Throughout systemd there is a lack of understanding of proper interfaces. Making the GUI depend on a particular init system is a particularly obvious example of poor design, but the code was written from a ‘code first’ perspective rather than an ‘interface first’ perspective.
via Snapchat Can’t Stop the Parasite Apps That Screw Its Users | WIRED.
This should have been obvious from the beginning. Nothing can stop an end user from taking a screenshot of an incoming photo. Their “privacy” claim was bogus from the beginning and not sure why anyone took this business model seriously. More …
But even if Snapchat users’ data was accessed via someone else’s servers, that doesn’t make the breach any less of Snapchat’s problem, says security researcher Adam Caudill. He’s been reverse engineering Snapchat’s API to demonstrate exactly the problem of rogue third party apps for years. “Your average developer can build something in a day’s time that interacts with Snapchat’s API and saves everything that comes through it,” Caudill says. “Quite honestly, I’m surprised this hasn’t happened sooner.”
The OpenDaylight members plan to work on a standardized SDN controller and develop OpenDaylight APIs that sit between the controller platform and the network applications and user interfaces. The common, open source platforms will be developed using technology contributed by member companies and utilizing existing industry standards such as OpenFlow.
via Light Reading – OpenDaylight SDN Group Breaks Cover.
Pick up your smartphone. Search through some of your favorite apps. Do you have Uber? Maybe Foodspotting? Surely you have Instagram. These apps, as well as a significant amount of the most popular apps in Apple’s App Store and Google Play, use Foursquare location data. For developers who have user actions or content tied to Foursquare venue IDs it would be difficult (if not impossible in some cases) to migrate their services off the Foursquare location database.
via Foursquare’s API Is A Pillar Of The Mobile App Ecosystem | TechCrunch.
Oracle lost in their attempt to protect their position using patents. They lost in their attempt to claim Google copied anything but a few lines of code. If they succeed in claiming you need their permission to use the Java APIs that they pushed as a community standard, software developers and innovation will be the losers. Learning the Java language is relatively simple, but mastering its APIs is a major investment you make as a Java developer. What Android did for Java developers is to allow them to make use of their individual career and professional investment to engage in a mobile marketplace that Sun failed to properly engage in.
via Developer Freedom At Stake As Oracle Clings To Java API Copyrights In Google Fight | TechCrunch.
Even the original social networking sites behind OAuth decided they really need other options for different use-cases, such as Twitter’s xAuth, or Yahoo offering Direct OAuth, which turns the entire scheme into a more complicated version of HTTP Basic Authentication, with no added benefits. Perhaps the most damaging point against OAuth, is that the original designer behind it decided to remove his name from the specification, and is washing his hands clean of it.
via Insane Coding: OAuth – A great way to cripple your API.
In the same way AT&T has started loosening up its network-based application programming interfaces (APIs) for mobile developers, the operator is giving these solutions providers its APIs to let them manage, troubleshoot, provision network services, etc. on AT&T’s network.
via Light Reading – AT&T Opens Up for Partner Program.
The WebRTC initiative is a project supported by Google, Mozilla and Opera. This page is maintained by the Google Chrome team.
And the latest current events surrounding WebRTC is this:
From: Hello Firefox, this is Chrome calling!
For the first time, Chrome and Firefox can “talk” to each other via WebRTC. WebRTC is a new set of technologies that brings clear crisp voice, sharp high-definition (HD) video and low-delay communication to the web browser.
The OpenMP Application Program Interface (API) supports multi-platform shared-memory parallel programming in C/C++ and Fortran on all architectures, including Unix platforms and Windows NT platforms. Jointly defined by a group of major computer hardware and software vendors, OpenMP is a portable, scalable model that gives shared-memory parallel programmers a simple and flexible interface for developing parallel applications for platforms ranging from the desktop to the supercomputer.
via OpenMP.org » About the OpenMP ARB and OpenMP.org.