Facebook APIs allow developers to build products which utilize the site's staggering amount of data. However, official support and instructions for use are sparse. Here we examine a product that aims to make APIs more accessible: Sonoa Systems' Apigee.
Ever wondered how Facebook works? Whether you're a developer or just interested in "How stuff works", a new product from Apigee could be right up your street. We covered Apigee, from Sonoa Systems, previously when it launched an easy way for beginners and experienced developers alike to explore the Twitter API without having to wrestle with confusing documentation.
Apigee is a cloud based service built on top of Sonoa technology for API gateway, offering testing, debugging, analytics and security for your API (See our past coverage of Apigee and Sonoa Systems here). It sits between your application and your API and offers the above mentioned services. What Apigee does to your API is that it creates a low-latency proxy that is able to filter, stream, re-route, and record all traffic to the API in real time.
Today, there are more than one million Facebook developers. Many of these developers in this community are relatively new to Web services and APIs. They represent a new generation of what Gartner calls "citizen developers," a group that by 2014 will create 25% of all business applications