At a recent meeting of ChicagoRuby (a group of Ruby on Rails enthusiasts in downtown Chicago), I spoke about Backend-as-a-Service (BaaS) technology. They kindly shared the following recording of our session. Check it out to hear about the BaaS platform as a powerful new class of tool that is fast becoming essential for developers, especially for mobile projects. We look at how BaaS drastically shortens mobile app implementation timelines, and why it may be your best bet to simplify and scale your apps in 2013!

We're psyched to announce our Apigee API and app tutorial course on Codeacademy, which helps people learn to code by building things! If you haven't tried Codacademy's courses yet - they're an effective and addictive way to build new coding skills. Have an hour? Use Codeacademy's Apigee tutorial to learn to store your app data in the cloud, with a set of exercises to create an Apigee app backend form queries for data by geolocation and more.

Training: Build your first Native App for iOS with Objective-C

In June, we offered a 100% revamped version of our mobile app training for Objective-C (Native) development with XCode & Cocoa Touch. View the video recording, slides, and code from the live session here. For developers, who have always wanted to dive into native (non-HTML5) mobile apps but didn’t know where to start, this webcast has everything you need to get started - Objective-C syntax and its quirks, iOS UI Design patterns, an API backend to store & retrieve your mobile app data, etc.

In this webcast, @timanglade demonstrated how to build a mobile app from scratch using HTML5, jQuery, Apigee and PhoneGap. The video, slides, and a link to the source code on github are posted here.

Apigee Enterprise: Analytics Services Product Updates June 2013

Our June 2013 update for the Apigee API Platform delivers a number of new features and improvements for the Analytics Services that are key to unlocking the potential of the data in your digital ecosystem. Check out this short video for a summary of the changes including additional email notifications, error details from target servers, numerous enhancements to reports, and more.

How To: Customize an API you don't control - XML to JSON transformation

Twitter is dropping XML. They've announced that by March 5th, 2013 their API will no longer support XML as a data format. With Apigee Gateway Services, app developers can transform any JSON API into an XML API without changing the original

APIs break new ground with respect to governance, risk, and compliance (GRC). By their nature, APIs are meant to enable transactional business activity without prior restraint, and they are major tools for innovation and experimentation. APIs save organizations money through reuse and consistency. These characteristics can ultimately make governance easier.