Posts By: Bill Doerrfeld

The 6 Core Tenets of API Practice: Introducing New ‘Insights’ Pages

At Nordic APIs, our goal is to help digital businesses make smart decisions using APIs. To that end, we’ve hosted many events, explored countless topics in our blog, and published ebooks on API related subjects. Now, we’ve created a free online knowledge space for API practitioners with the release of our new Insights pages. Read more

Content Negotiation For Web API Longevity

Every so often, a new image file format comes along that does a better job of compressing images than JPEG or PNG. We’ve seen Google pushing its own Webp format, (purportedly 26% smaller in size compared to PNGs), and new formats BPG and FLIF are contenders, packaging images in less and less space and time then their predecessors. Read more

Lean and Mean Open Data Machines

Open data folks could have a lot to learn from the API community, and vice-versa is true too. As the open data field is about exposing information, there is much overlap between open data and APIs or Application Programming Interfaces, which expose an application’s data or functionalities for third party integration. Read more

How Do You Connect Every Company in the World?

The ancient Sumerians were the first known civilization to record their culture on cuneiform tablets. Much of the written artifacts that exist today from that time are not eloquent prose, tales of old quests, or elegant poetry — but administrative cataloging. Read more

What Languages Should Your API Helper Libraries Support?

Shipping a great API isn’t just about exposing an endpoint in a RESTful manner. Yes, plenty of developer users will be fine making HTTP requests, but for some, that is not enough. Whether community curated or vendor supplied, code libraries are often created to help extend an application programming interface — API — into specific languages. Read more