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. Read more

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How to Handle the Continuous Delivery of Microservices

How to Handle the Continuous Delivery of Microservices

The world of API architecture and development is tricky in many ways. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a “perfect” solution, and with every new implementation or solution, new problems are bound to crop up.

It is important to remember, then, that even the most positive, powerful decisions in API architecture could have significant issues in the long run that, if not recognized in the hazy glow of post-adoption euphoria, could easily interfere with the success of an API or collection of APIs. Read more

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API Longevity, Devious Drones, and Bourbon: Insights From the 2016 Platform Summit

A packed house for a Spotify presentation by Horia Jurcut at the end of Day 1

Over 300 API practitioners. 53 talks. 6 demos. 3 workshops. 3 days. Endless coffee.

Sound familiar? If you’re into APIs and were in Stockholm this week you were probably experiencing the 2016 Platform Summit — the Nordic region’s largest web API event to date. Read more

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Asynchronous APIs in Choreographed Microservices

When building microservices you have to first make a decision: How am I going to manage service-to-service communication? Most developers will answer immediately: API calls. But then, more questions come to mind:

  • Am I going to call services directly?
  • Doesn’t it block the caller service?
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Virtualization, Sandboxes, and Playgrounds for a Wholesome API

An API is only as good as it is known. Getting an API into a developer’s hands, demonstrating the power of your solution, and providing an environment in which they can test and manipulate data in a controlled, monitored way is perhaps one of the most important unsung heroes of API publication. Read more

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