Posts Tagged: API-first


Sectors for Exploitation with APIs

In 2015 “there’s an API for that” became an oft-repeated phrase, entering the vernacular with the same frequency as the app-based equivalent. Fueling the usage of this phrase is an increasing number of organizations taking their products to market using a SaaS-first (Software-as-a-Service) approach, exposing an Application Programming Interface or API at the core of their offering. Read more


Is Your API the Cinderella or the Crown Princess?

Have you noticed that your API sometimes feels a bit misunderstood, seen as a sideline or a purely technical solution?

This might happen because you put your API to do menial work with no real business strategy. It may also be because the API documentation is not pretty, correct, or understandable. Read more


API-Driven DevOps: Spotlight on Docker

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.

Empowered developers have been given a wide new set of tools to enable:

  • Application lifecycle management with continuous integration software like Jenkins, Travis CI, CircleCI, and CodeShip;
  • Server provisioning with software and metadata using configuration management tools like Chef, Puppet, Salt, and Ansible;
  • Hosting applications in the cloud, whether they use an IaaS provider like Amazon Web Services, Google Compute Engine, or Digital Ocean, or a PaaS solution like Heroku, Google App Engine, or any technology-specific offering.
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Instagram API and the Transient Nature of Public Social APIs

Instagram, the largest photo-only distribution social network, has exploded in usage. With 60 million photos uploaded every day, the app is now cemented as a major social entity.

Third party apps which tied into Instagram were a critical part of originally growing the platform. 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