Most APIs support a company's product, like how a variety of applications can access Twitter content. There's a new breed of API that isn't supporting a product, but instead supporting the entire business. In these cases, the API is the product and the product helps developers solve a problem, which means developers are happy to pay. Twilio helps developers write voice and SMS applications. Urban Airship specializes in push notifications and geographic databases. SendGrid makes sure transactional emails make it to their recipients. The panel will discuss dos, don'ts and opportunities for this new type of API-based company.
by John Musser
Open APIs are hot. Developers can now choose from thousands of open APIs, with hundreds more released every month. Some of these APIs serve billions of calls per day. But the API universe is changing rapidly with new opportunities and challenges on the horizon. This session will help by taking an "API deep dive" and answering many of the key questions about the state of the open API market today: What are the key trends? Who are the API leaders? What are the business models? What are the key technology debates and issues? What strategies are working today and where should you look to see where this is headed?
9th–13th March 2012