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When you break your monolith up into microservices connected by exposed APIs, you expect these services to be decoupled and independently releasable. But too often they still aren’t. Jose Luis Ordiales Coscia over at the Klarna blog explains how to fix this problem with the robustness principle.
A few years ago when Brigham Young students wanted to create a site based on university data, they were forced to scrape the university's website. Now BYU has launched a university-wide API and is about to launch a developer portal. David Raths explains what the future holds for APIs at BYU.
We all know you should make your API backward-compatible. But how about forward-compatible? Being careful to make sure your API design will be consistent with future changes that you don’t know you’ll make yet. Adam Bar gives you eight steps he’s learned in order to make it a reality.
Creating an API that is easy to use and maintain is difficult. Hootsuite took some wrong turns at early stages and have made great strides since then so that they can offer an API that’s fast, easy-to-use and easy to maintain. The Hootsuite blog explains what lessons the company has learned.
There are three standard ways to manage API authentication these days: API keys, OAuth tokens and JSON Web tokens (JWT). Adam Duvander over at the Zapier engineering blog explains how and when to use them. The humble API key is the common and earliest form of API authentication.
It’s no secret that APIs are becoming vital to businesses’ success. But there’s still a secret as to how to have success with APIs. A new study from CA Technologies asked 1,770 large enterprises across the world what they’re doing with APIs and got some insight into who has success and why.
A researcher has found a vulnerability in the latest version of reCAPTCHA that could let spambots bypass reCAPTCHA fields across millions of sites. The developer has a script that uses Google’s speech recognition API to solve audio challenges associated with the latest version of reCAPTCHA.
Global cloud API revenues are expected to grow dramatically in the next few years thanks to businesses’ growing dependence on cloud computing. That’s according to a new report by Persistence Market Research. The NY-based research firm predicts global revenues will soar to $1.78bn by 2026.
It’s never been easier to create an API. With Web frameworks like Flask and Express and app engines like Heroku, you can get an API up and running in hours if not minutes. The downside to this is that the easier it is to build an API, the more badly designed APIs there are going to be.
There are more programming languages these days in production environments than you could learn in a lifetime. So which should you choose to make sure you’ll always be an in-demand developer? Jay Patel at Coding Dojo gives you the low-down on the top 9 programming languages to learn in 2017.
Serverless frameworks, despite their name, are not really serverless. Of course, there are servers somewhere handling requests but you don’t have to worry about them. You just post a snippet of code and your hosting service takes care of the rest. But who could benefit from these frameworks?
Many of Intuit’s APIs have been going a couple of years but their success has turned heads. Mark Boyd over at Vision Mobile sat down with Intuit’s Ketan Kittur, director of project management and partnership integrations, to understand how the company makes sure its third party devs are successful.
It’s no secret that adopting APIs is good for business. But players in some of the largest traditional industries, specifically energy, logistics, packaging and banking, have been slow to catch on. Mark Boyd over at Network World explains how they lag behind the rest and why it matters.
Opening up their platforms to let developers build an ecosystem on top of it has been a key to success for top tech firms from Apple to Facebook. But they’re not alone. TomTom Telematics opened up its Webfleet platform to devs a few years ago and now has over 45,000 devs using its APIs.
Two years ago, there was a growing chorus of voices expressing concern about private API keys finding their way into the public domain thanks in part to careless pushing of code to services like GitHub. Now this problem has spread to mobile apps. The guys over at Hackernoon explain.
Until recently networking engineers hardly needed to know what API stood for, let alone how to use one. That’s all changing now as API growth picks up critical mass, which risks leaving established networking device players flat-footed, argues Teren Bryson over at TechTarget.
Snapchat recently opened up its long-awaited API to creative agencies and ad tech companies. Top players in the ad industry are already jumping on the bandwagon and these early birds are getting plenty of attention, writes Lauren Johnson over at Adweek.
The hot new thing in the mobile world is Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) and it’s possible they might spell the end for the humble native mobile app. Google has just effectively green-lighted PWAs to be the future of Android. Mobile expert Henrik Joreteg over at his blog explains.
SDKs often accelerate development by providing access to third party tech that can help add new features, understand app performance, and monetize your efforts. Jason Lew, CTO at Mighty Signal, looks at which SDKs are the most used in some key categories, so you can decide which to use.
APIs are often prone to failure. That’s no surprise. But if your app is dependent on an API that goes down like there’s no tomorrow, what do you do? Thomas Roca, a stats researcher at the French Development Agency explains how he overcame the API developer’s dilemma.