The software world has moved in many ways towards the idea of modularity rather than the archetypal monolith — services and systems are continually developed in chunks rather than as a single system. This has spilled over into many aspects of the API space, and represents a powerful opportunity for developers to not only simplify the development cycle, but to leverage modularity to make their own offerings more powerful. Read more
Posts Tagged: 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
How does one go about securing APIs, microservices, and websites? One way to do this is by focusing on the identity — knowing who the caller is, and what the caller is allowed to do with your data. Too often, though, providers rely too heavily on user social identity, pairing it way too closely with the design of their APIs. Read more
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.