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API-like technologies that move data between dissimilar systems have been around for much longer than the phrase "Web API" has been fashionable. As it turns out, a walk down memory lane is all it takes to understand what GraphQL is, how it evolved from its predecessors, and why it matters.
You've heard about it. You may have even seen apps that depend on it. Now you're curious about GraphQL APIs and want to understand how they work. In this article, we explain all of the GraphQL fundamentals you'll need to start your successful journey with the GraphQL architectural style of APIs.
In this part of our comprehensive series on the GraphQL architectural style of APIs, we offer a comprehensive tutorial on designing, launching, and querying, a GraphQL API. The tutorial includes tons of sample code while offering an interactive learning environment to make learning GraphQL easy!
In an effort to address a key weakness in the World Wide Web, its inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee developed a second generation web technology called the Semantic Web. But the Semantic Web's fundamentals were never widely embraced. Now, those fundamentals are showing up in GraphQL and gaining traction.
GraphQL is not a product. It's a specification. Specifications like GraphQL don't magically come to life. To make them work in the real world, you need platforms that support the specification, talented personnel who understand the spec, and API providers looking to put both to work.
If you integrate with an API and it performs poorly, it can degrade the quality of your service and possibly make your site unavailable to customers. It doesn't have to be this way. The following are three best practices for API integrations that can save you from getting hit with this kind of pain.
vpnMentor‘s team of “hacktivist” security researchers recently announced the discovery of an exposed database connected to Orvibo Smart Home products. The vulnerable account information exposed in the database includes 2 billion logs detailing everything from usernames to precise device locations.
Despite a barrage of headlines that could kill most companies, Facebook operates with near absolute impunity. To dissatisfied users who want out, it brazenly dangles an offer to take all their data before quitting so it can be uploaded to another service. We tested the veracity of that offer.
Before Facebook users consider an alternative social network, two things must be easily moved to that alternative; their friends and their data. Facebook's website advertises it will give you your data so it can be uploaded to another service. ProgrammableWeb puts that bold claim to the test.
As government regulators and consumers grapple with the extraordinary control and commercialization that Facebook exerts over personal data, and the extent to which Facebook has abused that privilege, a bigger question looms; what hope exists, if any for the emergence of a legitimate alternative?
Many APIs are developed to support the UI for a single application: they are not optimized for connecting multiple different applications, frequently without user interaction. Automation-centric APIs are designed to learn and improve, increasing business agility to stay competitive.
Google's plan to limit developers' access to the Chrome API browser extensions, commonly used to perform ad blocking, and push them to use a new API sparked a developer firestorm. In response, Google engineers altered their plans slightly to try to address a number of developer concerns.
You are a non-technical founder with a great product idea. You've done the research, pitched your product and secured funding. Now you need an engineer who can help bring your vision into a functioning product. What traits are you going to look for in your first software engineering hires?
ProgrammableWeb recently reported on a security breach that LandMark White, Australia's largest independent property valuation and property consultancy firm, had blamed on an insecure API. The aftermath of this incident has led to several key executives stepping down from their positions.
Facebook has come under fire for what the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and others are calling a gross abuse of data collected to facilitate two-factor authentication (2FA). The problem: Facebook is using phone numbers it collects for 2FA for other purposes that are not clear to users.
Last week, Microsoft announced that it is shuttering Microsoft Band and Microsoft Health Dashboard apps and services effective May 31. Band users will be able to export their data before that date, and some active users will be eligible to receive a refund for their troubles.
Facebook is once again under fire in the press after the Wall Street Journal published a report detailing how a number of popular apps are sharing data with the social network's analytics platform through its SDK. In some cases, sensitive health data related to health was being shared.
Mergers inevitably increase the IT complexity an organization faces. APIs are universal connectors, so the ways in which businesses monitor and manage their APIs can turn those connections into points of leverage and opportunities for the increased insight and control needed in an M&A.
In Intuit’s case, the business strategy started with the right customer experience. Once they had an idea of the end-to-end customer experience it needed to enable, next came some strategic platform and ecosystem decisions.
In aggregate, the organizations around the world that directly or indirectly monetize their APIs form the basis of what the media often calls the “API Economy.” As a subset of the total global economy, the API economy is responsible for the exchange of trillions of dollars of value annually.