An API provider is akin to a handyman. To fix a specific problem, a specific solution is needed, and a skilled handyman is the only one with the experience, the know-how, and the ability to fix these issues. The same is true in the API space. Read more
API metrics are perhaps the single most important factor in improving any API system. Metrics are inherently valuable – tracking data on API usage, availability, uptime, and other insights is pivotal to keeping a consistently healthy platform. That being said, it’s an unfortunate truth that many developers do not leverage API analytics to their full power, simply preferring to consider metrics a business tool, and little else. Read more
In the spring of 2017, Twitter published a series of guidelines for automated API users utilizing bots. These guidelines were created to help control the intent, actions, and result of bots on the service. Accordingly, there was some discussion about just what these guidelines did and didn’t do, and how valuable such a set of guidelines were. Read more
If there’s anything that has the most “bang for the buck” in the IT world, it’s optimization. Optimization, or the process of simplifying, offloading, or otherwise reducing the processing demand of an entity, can have significant benefits to almost any system, and when done properly, can take even the most monolithic system into the realm of high efficiency and extreme usability. Read more
It’s easy to become enveloped in “paradigm-shifting” technical dogma, to the point that API providers overlook personal qualities of the developers that consumer APIs and the end consumers affected by their implementations.
Thankfully, there is an “out”, so to speak, for this kind of behavior. Read more