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Zero Day Flash Exploits, Versioning, and the API Space

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  This month, a day-zero Flash exploit was disclosed, exposing potentially millions of users’ data. After an emergency patch was rushed out, two more exploits were quickly discovered, leading to a vocal demand for an end-of-life date for Flash. This isn’t just a problem that affects media outlets and entertainment sites — vulnerabilities from services…

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Balancing Complexity and Simplicity in API Design

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The products that excite us today are simple. Take Apple’s sleek product designs, the negative space of the Google search page, or the single function apps we use on a daily basis. The idea of erasing clutter permeates into the discussion surrounding APIs or application programming interfaces as well. For example, SOAP has time and…

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Writing Microservices in Go Part II – When Not to Use Go

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In Writing Microservices in Go pt. 1, we highlighted a whole bevy of reasons for coding in Go, the novel, forward-thinking language developed at Google. However, there are two sides to every coin; the benefit of a language or system can often be a drawback in other use cases, and a host of hidden faults…

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Living in the Cloud Stack – Understanding SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS APIs

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We’re going to tackle the world of cloud computing to explore how the cloud computing stack functions within the API space. We’ll discuss the three layers of the cloud computing space — Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) — and how these services are utilized using APIs. Along the way, we’ll look at some cloud-based APIs, and highlight the strengths and weaknesses of each particular architecture choice.

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