Posts Tagged: web API

An Introduction to APIs For the Uninitiated

If you have arrived at the Nordic APIs blog there is good chance you have some inkling of what an API is and why you might need one. However, for the uninitiated, APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) and especially the API economy can be a confusing and fragmented space with some loose standards, an incredible amount of diversity, and a seemingly impenetrable barrier of technical jargon. Read more

API Mediation: Why You Need an API Experience Layer

The API economy has ushered in a new era of application integration, causing a sea change across enterprise IT and application providers alike. APIs are providing access to data securely across firewalls, enabling new business models and offering a platform that supports the development of new digital products. Read more

Standard API Definitions Demystified

As with any industry, the web API space faces different approaches to standardization. Not least of which are the differences between how API providers choose to define their APIs in a machine readable way with API specifications and description languages.

API definitions have emerged as ways to annotate API functionalities, and there are still many out there catering to varying web service architectures. Read more

Don’t Underutilize These 5 Amazing HTTP Performance Features

Don’t Underutilize These 5 Amazing HTTP Performance Features

So, you’ve published a web API? Well done! You’re serving it over HTTP(S), right? Most developers see no reason to distrust the protocol that’s been holding the web together for almost 30 years. HTTP is very performant, scalable and reliable – in fact, it has multiple nifty performance features to make sure developers can make the most out of the applications built upon it. Read more

API Keys ≠ Security: Why API Keys Are Not Enough

We’re all accustomed to using usernames and passwords for hundreds of online accounts — but if not managed correctly, using passwords can become a major distraction, and a potential security vulnerability. The same is true in the API space. There’s nothing inherently wrong with usernames — you need those. Read more