APIs are nothing new. The application programming interface used by developers as routines, protocols, and tools for building software applications has been around for some time. APIs are used as building blocks that allow programmers to write an application much quicker and more efficiently than would happen without APIs. Despite APIs being around for quite some time, I can't tell you how many times this year non-developers have approached me to talk about APIs. APIs is no longer a topic just being discussed by developers but also by their managers and even the company executives.
Companies, government, and organizations are realizing that managing and controlling their APIs can offer a strategic advantage. Software providers are noticing this renewed interest in the libraries of code and services offered. Here now in 2015, we're seeing a new crop of tools and platforms that allow programmers to better publish and manage their APIs.
This week, WaveMaker, Inc., a leading enterprise application Platform-as-a-Service (aPaaS) software company, announced WaveMaker Gateway, a bundle of tools enabling enterprises to open their APIs to the external world. WaveMaker extends its suite of API tools beyond publishing, wrapping, and sharing APIs within the enterprise, allowing authorized partners and third-party developers to consume APIs vital to their business, and allowing API owners to eliminate risks from unintended users.
When designing a website or web app, it’s essential to consider the screen of the person who is going to be using it – and nowadays that means it’s more likely to be a mobile screen. In 2014, 1.8 billion phones, 256 million tablets and 276 million PCs were shipped, meaning more phones were shipped in three months than there were PCs shipped all year. But mobile devices and PC’s don’t exist in their own worlds; users are increasingly switching between devices throughout the course of completing a task. A Google study on The New Multi-Screen World found that “90% [of users] use multiple screens sequentially to accomplish a task over time.”
The new reality is that your website or web app needs to be designed to look good on any device, no matter the screen size.
Companies can create consistent and integrated experiences across web and mobile channels
Liferay, Inc. announced the availability of Liferay Screens to help companies develop native apps for the iOS and Android platforms. Liferay is a leading provider of enterprise open source portal software products, servicing Fortune 500 companies worldwide. With Liferay Screens, organizations can easily extend the reach of their websites, portals, and intranets to mobile devices, and maintain a consistent experience for its users across all channels.
In recent years, Liferay has focused efforts of providing companies the ability to save time and money by making it easier for mobile apps to reuse core data and services. Liferay Screens is part of Liferay’s larger push to provide a mobile platform for companies developing several native apps across business units. The platform also ensures that users encounter consistent data and processes—such as registration, login, activity history, or documents—regardless of which interfaces they use to interact with the company.
Given the pure number of tools, platforms, features and functionality that comprise today’s Digital Marketing landscape, the selection process can be overwhelming. So what should you really care about when assessing tools and making technology selections? Let’s look at why your search should start, and end, with tools that boast a decoupled architecture.
SiteSupra, a hosted CMS and website builder, has now released their software as an open source CMS and development framework. SiteSupra Open Source Edition brings a new dimension to the web development market, as an open source product that may be hosted outside SiteSupra's own servers.
If your team has a great software product idea to improve internal productivity or, more importantly, improve customer acquisition and sales revenue, don't be afraid to explore that opportunity. Open up the discussion and consider employing the expert services of a software product development company. You will find it much easier to sell the project to management and to successfully complete and deploy your product on time and on budget.
Java. You can’t beat the classic when it comes to development languages for an enterprise-level content management system (ECM). Compared to .NET, PHP, or C# Java is still the top development language for its reliability, stability and suitability for “building back-ends for modern enterprise-web applications. With Java and frameworks based on it, web developers can build scalable web apps for a variety of users.
Centrix Software, a leading expert in workspace management, today revealed results of its latest IT end-user report. The cloud-based application usage research shows that cloud-based apps are a reality in the enterprise, with nearly 90% of today’s organisations using them. However, it’s also highlighted there’s still much confusion around how the move to the cloud should be prioritised, which app types are most suitable, who pays for cloud apps, and what the top risks are.
Zend, the PHP Company, today announced the immediate availability of Z-Ray, the ultimate PHP debugging and productivity solution for real-time visibility into PHP application and framework code. Z-Ray’s “X-Ray vision” inside PHP requests also encompasses several common applications and frameworks including WordPress, Drupal and Magento. Z-Ray, included within the developer-centric Zend Server 8, offers unprecedented, in-context visibility inside apps, showing exactly what happens to construct each page. Z-Ray empowers developers to quickly write and deliver quality code, detect and fix issues earlier, and collaborate with operations staff to resolve production problems faster.
With the explosion of mobile apps, business users are putting more pressure on developers and designers to deliver a large number of mobile applications with stunning and sleek user experiences.