Posts Tagged: APIs

Great APIs Are Like Lego Bricks

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

The Return of the CLI: CLIs Being Used by API-Related Companies

Before the rise of graphical interfaces and flashy user desktops, the Command Line Interface (CLI) was the only way to interact with a computer. But the retro CLI is making a comeback.

It’s a basic form of computing — the CLI accepts text commands and interprets them into functions on the operating system. Read more

Weighing the Pros and Cons of API Chaining

From the very beginning, developers have sought to make their systems run more efficiently, delivering greater amounts of data and functionality in a slimmer, more useful methodology. Increased efficiency usually equates to money saved, so there is a very real drive behind the constant need for condensing and code tweaking. Read more

What’s New in OpenAPI 3.0

If you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past 18 months you may not know that the Swagger API specification, arguably the most popular specification format available to the API community, has been donated to the Linux Foundation to become the bedrock of the OpenAPI Specification. Read more

How to Value Your Data When Providing an API

API providers are continually breaking new ground in securely providing valuable data to the applications that have become essential to the way we live our lives: The manner in which we can conduct so much confidential personal activity at arm’s length from the organizations we do business with, powered by APIs, would have been considered impossible even 15 years ago. Read more