Netlify, a provider of a web developer Platform that aims to improve developer productivity, has announced the launch of a new funding program that will support Jamstack development. The Netlify Jamstack Innovation Fund will invest $10 million in early-stage startups that are developing with the architecture.
Beyond the significance of $10 million being invested into the ecosystem, this program is also noteworthy for its maximum per startup investment of $100,000. That represents a significant investment in each individual startup. The Jamstack Innovation Fund also provides members with advisory programs for education on business management strategies and valuable marketing exposure via various channels.
The announcement of this fund outlined the increasing value of the Jamstack ecosystem:
“More than 2 million developers and businesses have joined our journey, and today 16% of web users will visit a Netlify-powered site or app every month. In addition, the Jamstack is proving itself to truly scale to the largest of use cases of the modern web from companies like Twilio…”
Make sure to check back here for continued updates on this fund, or find your way to the Netlify blog.
StepZen has announced the release of two new free GraphQL tools that are intended to simplify the process of outlining and managing connections to APIs. GraphQL Studio and GraphQL Federation lack the full feature-set that StepZen has to offer, but provide powerful functionality to help developers get started.
GraphQL Studio helps developers map out connections to both public and private APIs. As StepZen CEO and co-founder Anant Jhingran noted to TechCrunch, connections often vary in terms of data sources:
“So it is not the case that developers only deal with private APIs. It’s not the case that developers only deal with SaaS APIs. And what we want to do is to enable both sides of the story, and our GraphQL Studio is really starting from ‘here are your pre-finished APIs’ that you’re going to kind of pick and choose and then add your own secret sauce,”
GraphQL federation helps developers connect multiple graphs into a larger ecosystem that provides both flexibility and powerful insight into how data is connected.
Just over a year ago, OpenAI announced the release of its API for access to the company’s GPT-3 language model for advanced natural language processing. Previously, access to this API required joining an extensive waitlist, which is now a thing of the past.
At launch, OpenAI summarized the abilities of the API by stating that:
“We’ve designed the API to be both simple for anyone to use but also flexible enough to make Machine Learning teams more productive. In fact, many of our teams are now using the API so that they can focus on machine learning research rather than distributed systems problems. Today the API runs models with weights from the GPT-3 family with many speed and throughput improvements.”
Clearly, the AI supporting this API allows for powerful language processing that could be used for nefarious purposes if safeguards are not in place. OpenAI spent the last year ensuring that its language model won’t be used for unintended purposes, which is now allowing the organization to expand access.
“We’re excited to have the safeguards in place to open up GPT-3 for more developers. As our safeguards continue to improve, we will expand how the API can be used while further improving the experience for our users. Sign up today and try it out.”
Fidel API, a provider of financial infrastructure services, has announced the launch of a new API that is designed to streamline connecting with real-time payment card data for the development of financial management products. The Transaction Stream API is free to test and the company has provided an updated Sandbox environment for this purpose.
The company provided press release announcing the new API outlined the value of this solution for developers working in the financial services industry. The announcement noted that:
“With the new Transaction Stream API, developers building commercial solutions can provide real-time spend visibility to HR and Finance teams and reduce time spent by employees manually filing expense reports. Developers building consumer applications for expense management can make real-time decisions on a card purchase programmatically, triggering event-driven experiences such as personalized alerts and insights for consented cardholders the moment they transact.”
This API is the result of a 5-year partnership with Visa that paved the way for this level of Integration. Brian Cole, SVP and head of North America Product for Visa stated that, “their tools are helping drive the future of Fintech innovation and transforming existing payments processes, like expense management. We are excited to help expand their product offerings.”
At this year’s F8 conference, Facebook announced that it would release a new Researcher API that is intended to streamline access to Platform data for users that will leverage the data for the purposes of furthering academic research. This week, the API will enter availability for the first official partners.
When the API was first announced, Wendell Santos (one of ProgrammableWeb’s editors) wrote about the relevance of this new API in light of Facebook’s previous privacy transgressions:
“As part of the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica crisis, Facebook made numerous changes to its APIs including revoking access to some and deprecating many more. While the stated goal was to help protect users’ data, the sudden breaking changes put developers in a bind and prevented legitimate research on the platform. The Researcher API will provide researchers access to some of that previously lost data.”
Currently, the list of researchers that have access to this API is exceedingly small, with Facebook vowing to expand access sometime in early 2022.
BigPanda, a company that leverages Artificial Intelligence to analyze IT system vulnerabilities, has announced the release of a new suite of APIs. These new self-service APIs are intended to simplify AIOps (artificial intelligence for IT operations) integrations for the company’s enterprise customers.
The new technology suite includes APIs for handling environments, correlation patterns, and incidents. The company imagines these APIs allowing customers to automate tasks that otherwise cause backlogs. Elik Eizenberg, co-founder and CTO at BigPanda, outlined this benefit in the Resource announcement:
“Automating repeated tasks and workflows is key to accelerating incident response and allowing IT Ops to keep up with the pace of change and innovation that DevOps and SRE teams need to thrive.”
The new Environments API from BigPanda empowers developers to “reduce complex manual configuration by templatizing and automating the creation and configuration of environments at scale.” With the Correlation Patterns API, users can process automatically generated patterns, allowing for increased speed of item turnover. Lastly, the Incidents API allows developers to engage with complex incident search and management capabilities.