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Avoid Walking on Eggshells and Use DevOps

Avoid Walking on Eggshells and Use DevOps

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king’s horses and all the king’s men Couldn’t put Humpty together again. That sure sounds like the last time your site went down and every team in the office started panicking, right? When things go wrong, everybody starts pointing fingers. “The…

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The Brilliance of Spotify Internal APIs to Mitigate Payment Complexity

The Brilliance of Spotify Internal APIs to Mitigate Payments

Adding new layers of complexity within a digital service without sacrificing user experience is a difficult endeavor. Especially for platforms that accept online payments and subscription formats, maintaining support for an increasing number of payment methods is deceptively complex. Users don’t want to think too much about the payment process. They simply want payments to…

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What does the rise of bots mean for APIs

What Does the Rise of Bots Mean for APIs?

As bot technology evolves and migrates into the API space, many API practitioners are left asking — “what does this mean for our industry?” It’s an interesting question and intellectual experiment to undertake, and one that is heavily rooted in futurism. In this piece, we’ll address the rise of bots, and see what areas of…

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Don’t Underutilize These 5 Amazing HTTP Performance Features

Don’t Underutilize These 5 Amazing HTTP Performance Features

So, you’ve published a web API? Well done! You’re serving it over HTTP(S), right? Most developers see no reason to distrust the protocol that’s been holding the web together for almost 30 years. HTTP is very performant, scalable and reliable – in fact, it has multiple nifty performance features to make sure developers can make…

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Using IoT Data to Hack the World

Using IoT Data to Hack the World

When we think about the Internet of Things, we tend to consider it as a loose collection of nifty tools and neat toys. We think about the smart fridge from Samsung that can mark food for future shopping, or the Wi-Fi enabled wine bottle that keeps wine fresh for 30 days, and allows you to…

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Developer Center

7 Ingredients That Make Up a Superb Developer Center

What is a consistent attribute across successful API programs? They all have awesome developer portals. Good API documentation is easy to navigate and understand, but the best, shining developer center pushes onboarding and actual implementation to new levels of usability, to the point where integrating the API becomes as simple as cake — well, at…

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Accumulating Feedback: 4 Questions API Providers Need to Ask Their Users

American activist Bryant H. McGill once said, “one of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.” For API providers, listening to the average user, accepting feedback, ingesting these experiences, and iterating on this information is a powerful exercise. That being said, what questions should developers should ask…

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How APIs Are Disrupting The Way We Think

The concept of disruption has been given regal status across businesses, startups, and tech circles in recent years. With such great emphasis placed on change, user experiences are inevitably facing evolution as well. Application programming interfaces or APIs have great transformative powers to disrupt business, but are they also altering the way we think? In…

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Open Data: How to Make it Work For Your Business?

If you have a large amount of information, you might consider releasing it to others who can also benefit from it. This is an especially important consideration if you are already providing a public API, but are not offering easy access to your full dataset. If you’re not, read on to learn more about the…

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Optimizing APIs for Mobile Apps

Along with data cap and battery drain, speed is a top usability issue for most mobile device users. Even using the latest 4G LTE, mobile networks inherently have higher latencies than DSL, and devices still experience slower ping over WiFi. The protocol, device configuration, or app design can all contribute to these slow load times….

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How APIs Are Driving Smart Cities- Nordic APIs

How APIs Are Driving Smart Cities

What makes a city “smart”? Smart cities across the globe are making advancements in city-wide sensors and automated IoT devices to empower urban innovation. APIs are creating the interoperability between these devices and data silos, enabling the sharing of massive city-wide data with the people. Projects like CitySDK are fueling collaboration with other cities, aiming to improve quality of life by making systems more efficient and transparent with open data.


What Data Formats Should My API Support?

When considering the design, implementation, and maintenance of APIs, one of the most important factors to consider is data formats — how the API handles the interaction between data generation and data request. This path between generation and manipulation, typically between server and client, is the crux of the API ecosystem. Accordingly, the types of…

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The Business Impact of Private, Partner and Public APIs
Andreas Krohn (Dopter) - 2014

Andreas explores how different types of APIs impact a business. He compares Private APIs, which are used internally within an organization, against Partner APIs, used with a few trusted partners, and Public APIs, which are available to everyone. Various strategies make sense for different cases, and impact the business differently.

REST, SOAP, Hypermedia: When, why & how to use what
Tom Burnell (Axway) -September 18-19 2013

Although a quick glance at ProgrammableWeb will tell you that the majority of new APIs use a RESTful approach, there are still cases where SOAP is the better choice. In this session, Tom Burnell, Senior Solution Architect at Axway, will discuss when you should use each, give a brief synopsis of the emerging trend of Hypermedia APIs, and examine a case study of a large utility company exposing the same back-end services via both REST and SOAP, depending on the use-case.

What Makes an Agile API?
Christian Nilsson - Beepsend - 22/10/2014

In this session, Christian will deliver 10 insights which will challenge your current mindset about what it means to be agile. The idea is to de-mystify the concept of what “agile” means by using a few cases from the APIs and Web, viewing what is considered agile behavior from different perspectives.

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API-Driven DevOps

The advent of cloud computing has changed the way applications are being built, deployed and hosted. One important development in recent years has been the emergence of DevOps — a discipline at the crossroads between application development and system administration. As more and more groups adopt DevOps organizational strata, understanding this new structure is key to keeping fresh and innovative. Grab this volume to learn about Continuous Integration tooling, Configuration Management, Docker Containers, and an API-driven approach to uniting development and delivery.

Developing the API Mindset ebook

Developing The API Mindset

This guide defines a taxonomy for API types and offers insightful business strategies for each variation: Private, Partner, and Public APIs. Most important of all is that API usage in a business assists in reorienting the business culture and mindset towards a platform model and composable enterprise identity. This mindset is essential for stability and…

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The API Lifecycle

Consumed by third party products and fueled by iterative feedback and market validation, the web API product lifecycle can be more complex than typical SaaS offerings. We at Nordic APIs have boiled down the common API lifecycle into four main phases, helping goal an API practitioner stabilize their API against internal and external factors, encouraging…

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