Today in APIs: 3Scale Launches API Education Website

Resource Site API Alchemy launched by 3Scale. Verizon ends net neutrality and chokes Netflix. Plus: Orchestrate replaces NoSQL databases with API, how to avoid accidental API Key exposure.

3Scale Launches API Alchemy Site as Resource and Education Portal

3Scale, an API management Platform company, has launched API Alchemy as a site for resources and education. (See their book, featured below.)

The company explained the goal for the institute:

"API Alchemy is intended to provide a broad spectrum of topics from how to build and manage APIs, to crafting a successful API strategy, instituting best practices or selecting an appropriate revenue model. Material can be technical, academic or business oriented, and will address both public and private APIs. The beta collection allows community feedback and will be built out over time, eventually including community provided content and rankings. API Alchemy is not product oriented."

Headed by Kirsten Hunter, it currently lists a vast set of links to articles on API design, development and use.

Verizon Throttles Netflix After Net Neutrality Victory

According to the Wall Street Journal, the January ruling vy a Federal Appeals Court that the FCC can't regulate Internet access, widely seen as a blow to the net neutrality cause, is actually, "A Victory for an Unfettered Internet." We are now seeing the fruits of this "victory" unfold. In the attached screenshot from Dave Raphael, you can see a Verizon employee admitting that they do in fact slow things down for business customers who use Verizon's FIOS service.

As Dave Raphael writes in his Dave's Blog, his bandwidth coming from AWS was slowing, and also noticed a recent drop in quality of streaming from Netflix after the court decision. As he comments on the exchange with Verizon,

"Frankly, I was surprised he admitted to this. I’ve since tested this almost every day for the last couple of weeks. During the day – the bandwidth is normal to AWS. However, after 4pm or so – things get slow.

In my personal opinion, this is Verizon waging war against Netflix. Unfortunately, a lot of infrastructure is hosted on AWS. That means a lot of services are going to be impacted by this."

Raphael goes on to rebut the obvious objection to what is implied by this screenshot--how would someone answering the phones at Verizon be qualified to know what was going on? He posts data showing that the slowdown is in fact happening.

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