Postman announced the addition of multi-region support to the monitoring feature. Multi-region support allows developers to run API tests from selected geographical locations. There are six regions developers can choose from including US East, US West, Canada, EU, Asia Pacific, and South America.
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REST APIs use URIs to address resources. While they’re known as opaque identifiers, there are better and worse ways to write URIs. Guy Levin over at RestCase has formulated a set of design rules for API URIs that you should keep in mind to make things easy for your API clients.
Reusable APIs and API fragments are a critical factor in closing the IT delivery gap that arises when there are too many IT projects that need to be delivered with too few IT resources. Instead of starting every project from scratch, you can reuse fragments and APIs to accelerate project delivery.
Stoplight has released version v3.4 of Scenarios, its tool to test, automate, and debug APIs. This latest release includes new features such as tagging and filtering, discussions, and shared environments. The release also includes an update to the Editor UI and the ability to make entities public.
‘Move fast and break things’ might be a good philosophy for web app development but it’s not so simple with API design. Client apps rely on your APIs. You can’t just release a radical new version every few months that breaks all previous integrations.
APIs sometimes go through changes that are so big they require a new version to make sure API users don’t break their apps. Versioning APIs is, however, difficult and some teams go out of their way to avoid it. Google can’t do that and so they’ve developed some consistent rules for versioning APIs.
The Open API Initiative has announced that the OpenAPI 3.0.0 Specification is now available. This latest release of the OpenAPI specification includes new capabilities that were not part of version 2.0 such as support for Cookie parameters, new callback object, and new links object.
The latest release of Postman (version 5.0) includes Pro features for free. Now Postman users with free accounts have access, with usage limits, to Pro features such as mock servers, API monitoring, automatic documentation generation and publication, and the Postman Pro API.
Limiting API usage is a standard technique to avoid overloading your server or database at critical times. It’s not always so easy to manage without annoying API clients. Ben Weintraub over at the New Relic blog explains the techniques the analytics company developed to limit resource usage.
Akamai has made improvements in its API documentation since its early days. Mike Sierra, technical writer at Akamai, explains how they improved the accuracy of their API docs in recent years. In the early days, developer teams were in charge of different parts of the documentation.