When some people think of APIs, they think of things like marketing automation or maybe powering a smart home. In other words, it’s very easy to associate APIs with frivolity or, to put it less harshly, simply making things more convenient. Read more
Posts By: Art Anthony
Build it and they will come. That might work for ghosts and baseball fields but, sadly, it’s not true for APIs. There’s nothing worse than spending months developing an API, or any other product for that matter, only to see it flounder after launch. Read more
We’ve written plenty about different API monetization models and monetizing your API using a freemium model in the past, but just as important is envisioning how your API might fit into your business model as a whole.
Obviously, this is something that will differ hugely from company to company — in the case of a business like Twilio, the API is the core product. Read more
Imagine that a user has plugged into your API and triggers a request, only to be met with an error message. Now imagine all of this is happening while they’re traveling at 70mph on the highway. For Henrik Segesten, cloud domain architect at Volvo, making sure that this sort of thing doesn’t happen isn’t the stuff of bad dreams — it’s part of his day to day routine. Read more
It’s a universal truth that testing for errors, and debugging any that show up, isn’t a fun process.
Almost all API providers are familiar with the process of monitoring and testing. Before you commit code, API behaviors must be thoroughly vetted, as with any software release. Read more