APIs Can Be Copyrighted… Now What?

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The battle between software giants Oracle and Google hit close to home again last week, when a Federal Court of Appeals overturned a 2-year-old ruling by a lower court and established that APIs are entitled to copyright protection. The first reaction from most people is: how strange! After all, APIs are just the specification of how a software system or service behaves – call it this way,

Sports fans cheer for Mule and ESPN API integration

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Recently ESPN opened up their treasure trove of data to the developer community by releasing an API.

It looks great, well documented, REST based, intuitive.  There’s also some useful tools around the API like a few helper methods that return the data required for making use of their advertised capabilities and a useful ‘health status’ site.

So utilizing the Mule Devkit the possibility of combining our favorite integration engine (i.e.

Introducing APIhub

December 11 2012

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It’s no secret that we are in exciting times where we’re witnessing an incredibly rapid proliferation of APIs and with this has come great challenges. There is no standard place for discovering APIs, nor is there a trusted partner for API publishers – there are many little players trying to solve small problems in silos and this is leading to more and more dis-aggregation of the API landscape.

Salesforce Goes Real-time

February 28 2012

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With the recent Spring 12 release of Salesforce very few would have noticed a little unsung feature that will change the way many applications interact with with Salesforce. The Streaming API went GA and allows to listen to changes to objects in the Salesforce platform rather than polling.   Salesforce joins the ranks of other leading APIs such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram that all offer real-time APIs to enable users to consume data in real-time,

The Disintegration of PaaS

February 14 2012

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I just read a good post by Sam Charrington on RWW titled, The Disintegration of PaaS. He points out that early PaaS vendors had to build out the whole stack, including application server, database, file storage, etc. This locks applications into a specific stack. He goes on to say that we are now moving into a new evolution of PaaS, where some of the component pieces of the platform, e.g., databases, are available from other service vendors.

5 Biggest IT Trends for 2012 and how Open APIs are a driving force

January 10 2012

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Wondering what 2012 will bring for the IT world?

Ross Mason, MuleSoft Founder and CTO, has identified the five major trends you need to watch this year and how they will affect your organization. These trends are:

Cloud Platforms and Open APIs: The new application stack

November 29 2011

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Application stacks are so passé, now its all about the slice. With the rise of open APIs we are seeing a new breed of application. Infrastructure APIs are cropping up everywhere for doing things like email, FTP, monitoring and management, analytics and application security.  These slices of functionality, delivered as services, remove the time consuming need to set up services locally and allow developers to spend their time building their application.