In what amounts to pulling the rug out from under web service API developers, Google nixes Translate and 17 other APIs.
The company states that they can no longer afford to maintain the service and will shut down the popular Google Translate API one of the most popular public web services on the Internet.
This API made a whole generation of creative mashups and mobile applications and solutions possible. It will die off later this year and the API will be completely shut down on December 1, 2011. Google claims “extensive abuse” and a message on their site states: “The Google Translate API has been officially deprecated as of May 26, 2011. Due to the substantial economic burden caused by extensive abuse”
Except for Google Translate, all the targeted deprecated services will continue to work for their “standard deprecation period”, (normally 3 years).
Some will be replaced with hopefully better APIs, but most will simply be dropped.
This could be a death nell to the growing momentum behind Mashups and AJAX developers should look deeply into this to see if you are affected.
I have always said and believed that Apple’s biggest adventage is their huge creative and innovative developer base. Not just their iDevices, AppStore, or iTunes. It is not enough for a company to make a better smartphone than an iPhone they need all the other elements that add up to Apple’s success. It is the collective intellectual brain trust of the Apple developer community that others wish they could have. Microsoft thinks they have found a way to get that. Microsoft, on the verge of the Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference, Microsoft is attempting to wrest away Apple’s greatest asset. Microsoft is releasing an API tool that allows developers to easily map, migrate and contort iPhone applications over to Windows phones.
Microsoft officials have said not to expect mapping for all of the APIs, as the two phone platforms are built on different architectures and user interface.
“For this first round we focused on identifying the one-to-one mapping when it exists. In following versions we’ll expand the scope and anytime the concepts are similar enough, we’ll do our best to provide the appropriate guidance.”
Microsoft is hoping that developers will step up and suggest additional APIs they’d like to see mapped, and is asking developers to submit suggestions. Microsoft also is providing interested developers with a 90-plus page “Windows Phone 7 Guide for iPhone Application Developers” white paper.
In this way Microsoft hopes to dynamically enhance their roster of over 15,000 applications currently available for Windows phone 7
This seems a twist on reverse engineering that has stimulated expensive time-consuming litigation in the past. Sometimes instigated by Microsoft against competitors for similar reasons.
We await and anticipate Apple’s reaction to this aggressive Microsoft move.
3/29 UPDATE: WWDC SOLD OUT IN A MATTER OF HOURS
For at least five hopefully sun-filled San Francisco days Apple developers will clog the streets and stumble through the neighborhoods of San Francisco from June 6th to 10th. on their way downtown to gather at Moscone West for 2011′s SOLD OUT Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, most will come to see “the future of iOS and Mac OS”. There will be more than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers. At WWDC10 Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone 4.. iPhone 5 may be on the agenda and it continues to be broadly speculated that the next iPhone and the future of iOS 5 may indeed be topics high up on the list. Hopefully you’ve got your ticket and flights squared away. We’ll see you here 6/6/11.
If you thought this was a hot ticket, you were right! WWDC 2011 TICKETS ARE BEING SCALPED AND SOLD FOR ROCK SHOW PRICES!