• Ugly API

      In this article, I’d like to talk about the problems I faced while integrating an API for the HTTP protocol and share my experience in solving them.

      - REST vs Non REST architecture

      - Ignoring Header Accept: application/json

      - Mixing JSON keys case types

      - Different response to the same request

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    • Twilio vs Sendbird vs CONTUS MirrorFly Feature Comparison | Twilio vs Competitors

        Looking out for the best in app chat solution providers to enhance your business.

        Getting confused with so many options to choose among  Sendbird and Twilio competitors. 

        Then, let’s have some clarity with a detailed discussion over the feature comparison to go for the best Twilio and Sendbird alternative.

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      • Top 10 Best Voice Chat APIs for Mobile and Web Apps

          Voice calling plays a crucial role in personal and professional communication. Be it a friendly conversation among classmates or a business deal between companies – voice calling has been the most easy, convenient, and affordable way to communicate for decades. Thus, communication corporations and developers have brought in innovative ways to integrate their Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and invent newer ways of voice communication.

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        • A Book on the API Design

            This year, each of us seeks a special way to pass the time. I am writing a book, for example. A book about one thing I love dearly: the API. (You may read who am I and what expertise got in APIs in my LinkedIn profile.)


            I've just finished the first large section dedicated to the API design. You may read it online, or download either pdf or epub version, or take a look at the source code on Github.


            The book is distributed for free under a CC-BY-NC license. Enjoy!

          • Development of “YaRyadom” (“I’mNear”) application under the control of Vk Mini Apps. Part 1 .Net Core

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            Application is developed in order to help people find their peers who share similar interests and to be able to spend some time doing what you like. The project is currently on the stage of beta-testing in the social network “VKontakte”. Right now I am in the process of fixing bugs and adding everything that is missing. I felt like I could use a bit of destruction and decided to write a little about the development. While I was writing, I decided to divide the text into different parts. Here we are going to pay more attention to backend nuances which I faced, and to everything that a user does not see.
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          • Here are the most popular Video Conference APIs to be considered for your mobile app

              As the world rearranges into virtualized societal norms, the most convenient and simplified interaction for businesses or socially has come from video-based apps. Extensive use of these conferencing apps is trending Post COVID-19 pandemic. Statista.com has tracked the high number of video conference app downloads from AppStore and GoogleStore for the following:
              Video conferencing App / Country Hangouts Meet Houseparty Ms Teams Zoom
              USA 30 8 11 4
              France 23 30 16 2
              Germany 15 26 11 17
              Spain 64 2360 15 27
              Italy 140 423 30 55

              The convenience of these apps is defined by their rich-features: video calling, ability to share screens, and interact in real-time.
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            • The PVS-Studio analyzer: detecting potential compatibility issues with Java SE API

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                2019 was a very busy year in terms of conferences. Our team could leave for whole weeks on business trips. As you know, the conference is perfect time to share knowledge. In addition to giving talks and telling many interesting things at our booth, we also learned a lot from communicating with conference participants and speakers. So at the Joker 2019 conference in fall, a talk from Dalia Abo Sheasha «Migrating beyond Java 8» inspired us to implement a new diagnostic rule that allows us to detect incompatibilities in the Java SE API between different versions of Java. This is what we will talk about.
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              • Are Your File Transfer Integrations GDPR Compliant?

                The onslaught of data security breaches today is relentless, with thousands of major breaches each year and 50 percent more breaches in 2019 vs. 2018, according to a report by Risk Based Security. The costs for each breach have burgeoned as well, with the average cost of a data breach at about $3.92 million.


                Securing data from breaches not only spares bottom line and publicity, it's now also a basic legal requirement to comply with rapidly growing data privacy laws.


                While organizations have long had to comply with industry-specific standards, such as HIPAA in healthcare and the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), you now also face new consumer privacy regulations. Including:

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              • Looking for a Zoom alternative?Here are the best suggestions for videoconferencing apps



                  As much of the world works from home amid COVID-19 lockdowns and ‘shelter in place’ restrictions, video call and conferencing apps have experienced a significant surge in user numbers. From top business executives to scientists and government officials, the employed across industries and roles have moved operations online and onto video conferencing apps such as Zoom.

                  The dark side of this change is that video calls have also become a playground for phishermen and ‘Zoombombers’. This development was recently experienced by Zoom users, who took to the internet to allege that Zoom vulnerability windows were compromised and ‘Zoom is not safe to use’.

                  In March alone, the number of Zoom users saw a whopping 535% increase, with its iPhone app being the most downloaded for weeks at a stretch. However, reports of security disasters and Zoom privacy issues saw the brand’s credibility snowballing at an alarming pace. Despite the company CEO stepping up to the plate and ramping up privacy measures, professionals continue to debate on whether the Zoom privacy and security issues, that risked data of millions, can be quickly resolved.

                  What went wrong?
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                • Analyze your builds programmatically with the C++ Build Insights SDK

                    We’re happy to announce today the release of the C++ Build Insights SDK, a framework that gives you access to MSVC build time information via C and C++ APIs. To accompany this release, we are making vcperf open source on GitHub. Because vcperf itself is built with the SDK, you can use it as a reference when developing your own tools. We’re excited to see what sort of applications you’ll be building with the SDK, and we’re looking forward to receiving your feedback!

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                  • Free API Moscow Stock Exchange (MOEX) in Google Sheets

                      Last year the number of private investors at Moscow Stock Exchange (MOEX) has doubled and reached 3.86 million: about 1.9 million people have opened accounts at MOEX in 2019. The Saint Petersburg Stock Exchange which specializes in trading of foreign company shares has seen its accounts increase three times from 910,000 to 3,06 million over the past year.



                      This means that almost 2 million newbies without any actual trading experience and lacking any specialized software for trading/position analysis have entered the market.
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                    • Is interactivity a major factor for an app’s success?

                        Psychology plays an important role in the success of any marketing strategy. Attracting people to your app needs the right psychological approach. Human behaviors are highly crucial which are required to be considered while forming strategies.

                        Simplest thing in application affects their interactivity greatly. For example, even the number of notifications, as well as the time at which they will be sent, have a strong impact. According to a survey, 60% of respondents have a preference for what time of day they receive notifications.



                        This indicates that the way an app will communicate with users will have an immense effect on its success or failure. Do you know what are the factors that affect the interactivity of your app? Apart from that, how can you make an app interactive?
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                      • Document your express API with swagger annotations

                          Have you ever wanted to have a swagger documentation for your express API based on annotations? I have. And unfortunately didn’t find any way of doing it without having to manually create a swagger.json file. My wish was simple as this: I want to have a clean express app with multiple endpoints and I want to keep swagger documentation for every endpoint close to the endpoint implementation, not in a separate file.


                          Maybe I’m just lacking some google skills, but I decided that it’d be much easier for me to create such a tool. And here it is: mgr-swagger-express

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                        • IVR on Webhook



                            An online chatbot is a recent trend on the market. But how to interact with the clients that are offline? A significant percentage of people prefer to interact over the phone. And the business needs either a large staff of operators or a voice communication automating solution. We are offering a solution to reduce workload and costs (and will barely affect your developers’ busyness).
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                          • Geolocation and geoposition — mega-tool

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                            Introduction


                            Today, geolocation and geo-positioning have turned into a state that we did not dream about 60 years ago, during the first thoughts about creating an Internet network.

                            This article was prepared thanks to the IPGeolocation.io

                            Cartography has turned into a miracle — from insanely large sheets of paper to what fits in the palm of your hand.

                            Today, maps are used not only to search for a cultural center in Paris, but to be able to find everything:

                            • nearest hotel
                            • pharmacy or hospital
                            • grocery store
                            • university or school
                            • Pink Concert venue in San Francisco

                            The transformation of technology will not stop there. It will be better and more accurate than ever.

                            Evolution in time


                            Let's see how the evolution of geolocation began. The journey of this phenomenon begins in ancient times.

                            Excursion into the past
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                          • Bypassing LinkedIn Search Limit by Playing With API

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                            [Because my extension got a lot of attention from the foreign audience, I translated my original article into English].

                            Limit


                            Being a top-rated professional network, LinkedIn, unfortunately, for free accounts, has such a limitation as Commercial Use Limit (CUL). Most likely, you, same as me until recently, have never encountered and never heard about this thing.

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                            The point of the CUL is that when you search people outside your connections/network too often, your search results will be limited with only 3 profiles showing instead of 1000 (100 pages with 10 profiles per page by default). How ‘often’ is measured nobody knows, there are no precise metrics; the algorithm decides it based on your actions – how frequently you’ve been searching and how many connections you’ve been adding. The free CUL resets at midnight PST on the 1st of each calendar month, and you get your 1000 search results again, for who knows how long. Of course, Premium accounts have no such limit in place.

                            However, not so long ago, I’ve started messing around with LinkedIn search for some pet-project, and suddenly got stuck with this CUL. Obviously, I didn’t like it that much; after all, I haven’t been using the search for any commercial purposes. So, my first thought was to explore this limit and try to bypass it.

                            [Important clarification — all source materials in this article are presented solely for informational and educational purposes. The author doesn't encourage their use for commercial purposes.]
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                          • Simple story behind Refresh and Access tokens

                              Nowadays security schema that lays on two tokens quite common. There are a lot of information about theme in the Internet. There are often only description what is Refresh and Access tokens and how to usem.


                              To understand concept behind tokens I would like to do one simple thought experiment.

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                            • Xamarin API Docs: Open Sourced and Available Now

                                Today, we are happy to announce the release of all Xamarin API Documentation as Open Source! API documentation drives the IntelliSense experience while being one of the best ways to help developers achieve their goals.


                                Xamarin API Docs


                                Additionally, we have also moved the hosting of the following from their old Xamarin home to docs.microsoft.com:


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