Archive for March, 2011

Mobile the next Mashup Mashup Frontier?

In my most recent post over at SearchSOA (Mashups and mobile: A match that makes sense) I wrote a little bit about how mashup technology can be used to migrate existing web and desktop apps onto a mobile platform.

Part of the inspiration for that article came from my own mobile-mashup experiment. I’m in the middle of writing an iPhone app which exposes a neat mashup I wrote. So I’ve been busy tinkering away on my new Mac, the first computing device from Apple that I’ve purchased in more than 20 years.

By the way, if you want to get up-and-running on iOS or Android devices quickly, I strongly recommend you take a look at Appcelerator’s Titanium framework.

Another product I came across while deciding what technology to use to build out my idea was something new called Moofwd. What is it? Well, according to their web site, it’s a mashup development environment and a rich-client platform that  supports Blackberry, Android, iPhone, WindowsPhone 7 & Java devices.

They dont seem nearly as mature as Titanium (which is not specifically targeting mashups but nonetheless comes with some examples out-of-the-box) but I have reached out to them to learn more about their offering. After spending a couple of posts on the failure of mashup companies, it’s good to see some fresh blood trying to carve out a niche for themselves.

I’ll take a closer look at both products in the future and share some more of my experience building my first iPhone mashup as well as the infrastructure I had to put in place behind it.

  • Inquiry
    Open311 allows developers to create third-party apps to report and view citizen neighborhood issues such as potholes to graffiti and more using a city's 311 reporting system. Now on version 1, the RESTful Inquiry API is the tool used to query the 311 database. HTTP GET calls can be sent to the API to list […]
  • Clearent
    Clearent is an integration tool for eCommerce, combining sites, shopping carts, mobile interfaces, payment processing, and Point of Sale applications to create comprehensive payment-enabled eCommerce applications. The API is compatible with shopping carts such as ZenCart, OpenCart, OSCommerce, and custom user applications. Using the Clearent API, providers can process sales, authorizations, captures, refunds, and voids. […]
  • FT Headline
    Financial Times is a business intelligence service that extracts vital information critical to business news. The FT Headline API enables developers to create a newsfeed of relevant real time business news for integration into 3rd party websites or applications. These headlines can be ported into existing CRM, newsletters, and information portals. Date Updated: 2014-12-16 Tags: […]
  • Yes or No
    The simple Yes or No API is made for automating boolean decision making within mobile environments. API calls will return a "Yes", "No" or "Maybe." Returns include fun links to comical Gifs, such as Hugh Laurie or Client Eastwood nodding in approval, or Jim from the Office excitedly mouthing "Yes!", or an uncomfortably slow camera […]
  • Google Enterprise License Manager
    Located within the Admin SDK, the Google Enterprise License Manager API enables enterprise developers to programmatically manage their licenses. The API can be used to revoke a license, return a specific user's licensee by inputted product SKU, create and assign licenses, list all licenses associated with a specific product, and reassign SKUs with licenses. The […]
  • migme
    migme is a social media service that offers chat, microblogging, and entertainment integrations to increase monetization through marketing and user onboarding. The RESTful migme API allows access to it's 9 million user base, enabling programmatic social media functionality, such as the acquisition of comprehensive user profile information, and the ability to invite friends, make a […]
  • DOJ Law Jobs
    The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Law Jobs API distributes available government legal job openings and vacancy announcements, sourced from the Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management. This digital distribution channel exists to make job openings more transparent to the public. This API is also the main data source for the DOJ law jobs mobile […]
  • W3C Vibration
    The Vibration API is a simple browser-based device API documented by the W3C Device APIs Working Group. The Vibration API enables developers to trigger the vibration mechanism in a hosting device, such as a smartphone. The vibration length and pattern of the vibrations can be customized. The API offers simple tactile feedback, not fine-grained control. […]
  • W3C Battery Status
    The Battery Status API, documented by W3C, is a browser-based API that enables web developers to discover the battery life of a hosting device. This enables web application features to be dynamically catered to a device's battery status, improving power-efficiency and user experience. The API dependences include EcmaScript and WebIDL version 2. The Battery Status […]
  • DOJ News
    The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) News API aggregates over 14,000 press releases, speeches, blog entries, and announcements sourced from the Office of Public Affairs. These documents are available for digital distribution to create transparency for the Department's activities. GET HTTP requests can be sent to the API with options to filter by date, topic, […]