Posts Tagged: Ecosystem

4 Important Takeaways from the Changing API Ecosystem

If you’ve been paying attention to the API space over the last year, you won’t be surprised to hear that there has been a lot of movement amongst companies that provide API-related solutions.

The most noteworthy example is Google’s $625 million acquisition of API platform provider, Apigee, in the fall of 2016. Read more

What is the Difference Between an API and an SDK?

Understanding the difference between an API (Application Programming Interface) and an SDK (Software Development Kit), and knowing when to provide each, is incredibly important for fostering a developer ecosystem. In the modern development landscape, these two tools and the synchronicity between them are the driving force behind web communication and the implementation of third party APIs. Read more

The Present and Future of Configuration Management

DevOps is the set of tools, processes and activities that modern software development teams put in place in order to ensure that they can convert code into live applications in a stable and repeatable way. It’s a bit of a catch-all term, and can be broken down into different areas. Read more

What Data Formats Should My API Support?

When considering the design, implementation, and maintenance of APIs, one of the most important factors to consider is data formats — how the API handles the interaction between data generation and data request. This path between generation and manipulation, typically between server and client, is the crux of the API ecosystem. Read more

Simultaneous Platform-Wide Versioning: How to Implement API to SDK Synchronicity

In the API realm, one of the most rewarding practices a developer can undertake is to unify their system functionality. Having disparate updates, library versioning, and documentation can harm the user through confusion and obsolescence, can harm the provider with rough updates, and can harm the API itself through low adoption and retention rates. Read more