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As the online discussion around the benefits and shortcomings of the WordPress REST API continues, WordPress developer Matt Geri discusses the API in terms of who it is really serving. He believes the platform’s approach must satisfy the initial benefactor’s requirements to ensure adoption.
Many APIs return error codes that don’t provide much detail about the nature of the error, or how developers can go about resolving it. This post by Simon Tabor on the Luno blog discusses defensive design practices to ensure your API errors support your users in fixing issues.
Social learning platform A Cloud Guru helps cloud professionals learn and prepare for AWS certification exams. The platform grew to 40,000 users within 6 months, and its founders attribute that growth to their serverless approach that has influenced the mindset of the entire company.
Application security is often overlooked. Perhaps this is due to a lack of understanding, or perhaps a focus on features and aesthetics is more alluring for developers. A modest data breach can render valuable data vulnerable, and can cripple customer trust in your application.
In 2008 when Netflix announced plans to move to the cloud, most observers were dubious. Now Netflix has become one of the first major companies to exist completely in the public cloud and their architectural shift to cloud based microservices led to many successes in performance and scalability.
As we turn more to the Cloud, Big Data, and the Internet of Things to help run our lives, we’re seeing a rise in Cybercrime; colleges and universities are no exception. In February of this year, over 63,000 students at the University of Central Florida had their sensitive personal data exposed.
Telize, a free JSON IP and GeoIP service, was recently decommissioned prompting questions and concerns. Telize creator Frederic Cambus citied logistical and financial constraints as the impetus behind his actions, as well as the discovery that Telize was being used by malware and ransomware.
Amazon Web Services truly arrived when Amazon S3 launched in 2006. Over the last 10 years, the service has adapted to a changing technological landscape as it broke new ground in cloud services. Here we look at 10 lessons from those 10 years from Amazon.com CTO Werner Vogels.
If you’re in the market for a Web mapping API and you’ve chosen to use Google Maps, I think you’ve made a smart choice. If you’re looking for tips on how to optimally implement Google Maps API into your transportation app, such as a taxi or ridesharing service, then you’re in the right place.
Facebook has announced that they will be holding 27 meetups around the world in conjunction with its F8 developer conference. This year's F8 conference, where Facebook introduces new products and provides a look at future plans, will take place on April 12th in San Francisco.
Web app automation service Zapier allows users to define custom Zaps that link apps to build automated workflows of digital tasks. In this article, co-founder and CTO Bryan Helmig discusses the finer points of the platform’s architecture and how it handles over 60m API calls every day.
Versioning your RESTful API is a way to manage multiple releases of a product, but it is not always an absolute requirement and may not be the best option to take. This article by John Vester discusses the arguments for and against, with some examples to illustrate versioning’s effects.
The year is 2020 and the world has plunged into a zombie-infested apocalypse. Earth’s remaining developers have come together in a desperate attempt to create some sort of autonomous, zombie-killing machine. Luckily, there’s a platform they can use that won’t get them into legal trouble.
The quality of your supporting documentation can steer the success or failure of your API. This documentation must include a broad spectrum of information covering many use cases to offer real value, but the trust this builds with developers is a vital factor in continued use.
Let’s face it, it sucks that in 2016 we still have to talk about gender bias in the workplace. Even in the programming world we find a substantial degree of sexism. For those in the ‘know’ this won’t be surprising: gender bias in the tech community is a well-documented phenomenon.
SendGrid announced they are sunsetting two of their API endpoints this month. In an email sent to their API consumers, Sendgrid stated that all API calls must now use a new base URL. They also directed developers to reference SendGrid’s API documentation or contact them through their attached email.
Technology is applied to many industries to varying degrees. This post by Danny Schreiber from Zapier discusses how the Ohio House Republican Organizational Committee used Zapier’s web app automation and integration service to connect distributed voter data to define campaign efforts.
The previously popular Google Earth API is being deprecated and is due to shut down in early 2016, signalling the end of access to its 3D imagery via the API. This post by Timothy Whitehead for Google Earth Blog looks at four applications that used to use the API, and what they are using now.
As part of their bi-annual State of Software Security (SOSS) Report, Veracode released the findings of the Fall 2015 publication. Drawing on more than a trillion lines of code, the report shows that some programming languages and platforms suffer from more security risks than others.
APIs are a great driver of business as has been shown many times over and the accounting industry is no exception. Accounting firm MYOB's Keran McKenzie shares his best practices for companies developing their API strategy including understanding their market and making the API easy to implement.