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The Developer Declaration


The site http://www.paymnts.com is the premier source of information about “what’s next” in payments.  We read it regularly, and were pleased today (Thursday July 23, 2015) to notice their article about our recently-published Developer Declaration.

We created the Developer Declaration (you can find a [PDF here|http://newsroom.mastercard. …

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Looking for the Masters of Code in Mexico City
Peter van der Linden, developer evangelist

Last time I was in Mexico City, a colleague pointed out a large building on the skyline.  It looked like a fort, and he claimed it was once a royal palace.  That's an unlikely claim for the North American continent that firmly rejected kings and princes.  I looked it up later, and to my surprise found the fort was once a royal palace!

*Briefly a royal palace, …

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Our Declaration to the Developer Community

Here the MasterCard Open API team humbly presents to our developer community our words of commitment – for today and for tomorrow – our Developer Declaration.

Full story here.

Explicking the Inexplicable

What don’t you know?   Every industry throws up inexplicable business decisions from time to time.  Some examples from our industry are:

  • Why did Apple publicly flounce away from Flash for mobile in 2010, just as Moore’s Law was making the hardware perform well?    
  • Why did H-P buy Palm for $1.2 billion in 2010 , only to ditch the people, the products, and the entire business a year later? …

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Q&A with the Israel Masters of Code

My cab driver on the way in from Ben Gurion Airport insisted on checking my knowledge of certain common Hebrew words.  I don't know why cab drivers are interested in my vocabulary; it holds little fascination for me.  "What," he wanted to know, "is the English word for chutzpah?"  I thought about it for a bit and offered two words, "impertinence" and "cheek".   The cab driver said he could only give me partial credit, …

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Meet the Developers in Tel Aviv

Once again, Team MasterCard has brought the Masters of Code hackathon series to a new city.  We are here in Tel Aviv, the largest and most cosmopolitan city in Israel, to seek the best developers in the region. Developers, UX designers, and business analysts have flocked to the event, to compete against their peers and demonstrate their best ideas with prototypes. …

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Seeking Tel Aviv Masters of Code

Tel Aviv skyline 
Ask anyone knowledgeable, and they'll tell you that Tel Aviv is a hustling, bustling city.  They might say "high tech hub".  They might even say "24 hour party town".  But they won't say "Tel Aviv is rich in ancient history".  Tel Aviv is recent - founded on sand dunes, in the twentieth century.   The modern design is why Tel Aviv has such wide streets and boulevards, …

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Say Hi at the TechCrunch Disrupt NYC Hackathon!


Once again, the MasterCard API team is excited to be sponsoring the TechCrunch Disrupt NYC Hackathon! If you are planning to come hack (we hope you will use our APIs) or watch demos, be sure to stop by the MasterCard API table. …

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Posted at Apr 24, 2015 by Brien Buckman | Labels: hackathon
Developers Code FinTech Apps in NYC


It was an exciting time at the FinTech Hackathon in NYC. While it was a beautiful Spring weekend, about 100 developers gathered at Betterment’s office to see what sort of new fintech applications they could develop using a variety of APIs, including MasterCard services. In addition to shedding the light on useful [MasterCard APIs|https://developer.mastercard.com/portal/dashboard. …

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Posted at Apr 21, 2015 by Brien Buckman | Labels: hackathon
Meet the Brazilian Masters of Code

Peter van der Linden - developer evangelist

Funny thing - when I was in São Paulo 4 years ago, all the orange juice at my hotel was blended with eggplant - a mixture that surprised many visitors, and dismayed a few.  Okay, it dismayed me.  Local colleagues explained the wonderful benefits of the OJ / eggplant combo.  I can't now recall what the benefits were, …

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Meet the Developers in São Paulo

Peter van der Linden, Developer Evangelist, "have suitcase, will unravel"

This blog post comes to you from the latest stop in the MasterCard Masters of Code competition, live from city #4 in the 12 city series. Team MasterCard is visiting the most populous city in Brazil, with 20+ million inhabitants, São Paulo. Developers have traveled here from all parts of Brazil and other nations in South America, to compete for a place in the grand finale hackathon in Silicon Valley in December. …

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Tudo bom, Paulistanos! Going to Brazil

by Peter van der Linden, Developer Evangelist, "have suitcase, will unravel"

OK, let’s get the old joke out of the way, right at the start.  Brazil is not “where the nuts come from”  - a phrase made famous by the movie “Charley’s Aunt”.  Most of the annual Brazil nut harvest comes from Brazil’s neighbors to the west, Bolivia and Peru.  In another misconception - Brazil nuts are not a nut, but a seed. …

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Meet the Southeast Asia Masters of Code

by Peter van der Linden, Developer Evangelist, "have suitcase, will unravel"

They call it the “Lion City” because the prince who founded Singapore (back in the 13th Century) thought he saw a lion nearby. There were never any lions here. He probably saw a Malayan tiger, but the name “Lion City” stuck, as these things do.

Today, Singapore is a nation and a city. It's one of the largest ports in the world. Each year, …

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Meet the Hong Kong Masters of Code


Hong Kong from The Peak
The Chinese ideograms (Hong Kong) literally mean "fragrant harbor”.

Today that aromatic port is best known for its frenetic 24-by-7 all-business lifestyle.  Hong Kong is a free port (no customs duty on goods in transit), centrally located in Asia, and the gateway to the massive China market.  A great place for a hackathon! …

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Announcing New Simplify Commerce Features

By Rahul Deshpande, Simplify Commerce

Simplify Commerce released two new features this week that will have developer’s excited and small businesses up and running quickly.

Save yourself from hours of coding with Simplify Commerce’s Hosted Payments. The new Hosted Payments with MasterPass support feature will enable your website to accept payments and integrate with MasterPass by implementing just a single line of code. The second feature, …

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Posted at Mar 24, 2015 by Brien Buckman | Labels: simplify
Day 1 of Masters of Code Hong Kong

 
"HK Developers seem more strategic and well prepared"

"DAY 1 at Masters of Code Hong Kong - the competitive vibe is palpable, but these developers are quiet," reports Peter van der Linden, OpenAPI Evangelist and our man on the ground in Hong Kong. More from Peter:

As we draw closer to midnight, we are about half way through the hackathon. The venue - a colocation workspace called Cocoon, is excellent, the food exceptional. …

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Posted at Mar 21, 2015 by Brien Buckman | Labels: mastersofcode, hackathon
JVM Internals Tuning

Peter van der Linden, Developer Evangelist

I was glad I signed up early for a recent meetup. The talk was held at Google HQ in Mountain View, in a meeting room that Google regularly allows meetups to use.
Talks at Google fill up quickly.  Not because talks there are better than talks anywhere else, but people think they are, so you need to sign up early. …

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Sign of the Times - Silicon Valley "closed"?

Driving into work this morning, I was surprised to see a new billboard poster. This billboard announces that Silicon Valley is closed for two days.

Wow - the level of interest in MasterCard’s "Masters of Code" Hackathon series is far higher than I realized! The billboard makes me conclude when MasterCard schedules a “Masters of Code” event, Silicon Valley shuts down!   And that’s great – we welcome developers to our hackathons. …

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Meet the Australian Masters of Code

It’s the middle of a sizzling summer in Sydney, Australia, perfect for the opening event in MasterCard’s Masters of Code.   The Masters of Code is a series of hackathons around the world.  We’re raising the profile of MasterCard’s Open APIs and helping developers  implement their ideas with our services and solutions. This blog post introduces you to the winning team, Cointr, and their idea for encouraging cashless transactions. !bridge. …

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Say Hi to Developer Evangelist Peter

Hello to developers everywhere!   My name is Peter van der Linden, and I’m the newest member of the MasterCard Open API team.   
 

The MasterCard Open API team takes the internal APIs that we use to run our business, and packages them for third-party developers.  This lets third party developers write apps that can send and receive payments as well as other actions (which I'll get to in a minute). 

You might be wondering where you’ve heard my name before – “van der Linden” is a rare name in English-speaking places, though common in Dutch regions.

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Posted at Jan 29, 2015 by peter_vanderlinden | 5 Comments
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