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GraphQL, the open source technology originally backed by Facebook has continued to gain momentum since its release in 2015 and with its hype it’s easy to think that GraphQL is the way to go when developing your next API. As with any technology though, it has its strengths and weaknesses.
What happens when you are ready to take your API from a small subset of users to something more open? What are the things you want to make sure are locked down tight before rolling out an open API program? James Higginbotham offered some tips for making sure your API is ready.
If you are building an app, you will have to tackle setting up access control for it. Access control is the process of granting your users permission to access certain information. What are the different approaches to access control and which approaches are best suited to different use cases?
According to Nightwatch Cybersecurity a vulnerability was recently found in system broadcasts by Android OS that could expose information about a user’s device to any applications running on the device. Information about a user's Wi-Fi connection can be read and used for tracking purposes.
Royal Mail, a UK based postal service and courier company has launched a new version of their Shipping API. The API, now in version two is meant to complement the release of a new shipping tool aimed at helping retailers fulfill their orders. The API is offered in two flavors, REST and SOAP.
How one company analyzed the cost of its integral use of the Google Map's Platform. Poland's GdziePoLek.pl incurred a huge monthly charge for the mapping data it relied on to locate the best sites for purchasing medications — it's primary value-added service provided to its customers.
A recent issue has brought to light the lack of customer service provided by Google Cloud Platform. Google has promised to improve yet the same issues appear to be commonplace. Anyone looking for a platform upon which to run production products has a serious reason to pause when considering GCP.
The banking sector has seen a great many new APIs in the last few years. With so many new APIs made available came an equal number of developer portals. Which ones have done the best job of presenting their APIs and what commonalities can you learn from when implementing your own banking API portal?
When it comes to integrating a third party’s services with your own, APIs are often the way to go. But in some cases SDKs can offer a number of advantages over direct interaction with the API. But how do you choose? This article looks at the reasons why sometimes it makes sense to use an SDK.
These days if your business isn’t using a public cloud vendor then you’re likely to be behind. Deciding on which cloud platform to use can be daunting but three of the leading providers offer a free tier that allows you to give them a test run before sinking a portion of your budget into one.
Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence have been a part of the API conversation for a number of years now. When it comes to Machine Learning, it's no secret that Python is one of the most popular languages. This article looks at five Python based tools for working with Machine Learning.
Serverless architecture may be an excellent approach, but is it the wisest for your company? Learn what the specific metrics you need to use to evaluate the actual development time requirements and real-time costs of paying-by-trigger for API requests, storage, and networking.
Since their introduction in 2015, Progressive Web Apps have been viewed as a potential way to break the grip that native apps have had on the mobile app ecosystem. The most effective way to reach users still is to publish your app to one of the major app stores, but which one plays best with PWAs?
Building an API can happen in a matter of minutes. But there is a big difference between whipping up an API, and crafting one that is secure, reliable and meets the user’s expectations. In this article we looks at six common mistakes that arise from APIs that weren’t made with enough care.
One of the key parts of an API provider’s journey is offering documentation that contributes to a good developer experience when first encountering the API. But what should your documentation look like and how can it help potential customers through the steps of discovering your API?
It’s an old adage but it’s true; if you want your API to succeed, treat it like a product. And one of the most important steps in any product’s lifecycle is when it gets released. James Higginbotham offers a 10-point checklist to help make sure that your API release runs as smoothly as possible.
If you want any kind of credit these days, you’re going to get assessed by one of the private credit bureaus for credit worthiness. These bureaus rely on data from past and present creditors to evaluate your position. What they’re missing, however, is information from the IRS.
GraphQL offers providers an alternative to REST, especially as the number of API clients has increased, and in some cases GraphQL offers a number of advantages over REST. GraphQL does have it's pain points and this article takes a look at what those are and how to solve for them.
Developing an API in plain PHP is time-consuming and error-prone. Thankfully, it’s not necessary. All you need is a great little PHP framework to help you out. Rakesh Patel over at BCW picks out five of the best PHP frameworks for creating REST APIs.
Despite the infinite compute power of the cloud and all the machine learning and artificial intelligence that thrives on that compute power, technology just falls short of our expectations. Which is exactly what happened when one developer gave Microsoft's Bing Speech Recognition API a whirl.