Who Invented the API?

What is an API? Who was the first to use one? Did anyone “invent” the API as we know it? These questions are foundational to computer programming and fundamental to the tech industry as a whole. While they are high-level, they certainly have some important legal implications as well, as we’ve seen in recent events. Read more

How Banks Are Becoming Uberized

You’ve probably heard the “banks are becoming tech companies” sentiment. It’s an idea that’s been around for years, and it captures what seems like an evolution in the way we consume and use everything from food to money. As consumers, we want options at our fingertips, and perhaps it’s this forcing banks across the world to open up their services with APIs and microservices, and ultimately turning them into tech companies. Read more

Understanding Idempotency and Safety in API Design

What does it mean in programming to be idempotent? Today, we’re going to look at the concepts of idempotence and safety, and identify what makes them so very important in the context of web API design.

We’ll compare idempotence and safety to see how they’re different, and discover why this division is important. Read more

From Inception to RFC – The SCIM Story

Eight years is a long time in any business, but that’s perhaps nowhere more true than the tech space. Indulge us for a moment, and let’s think back to 2010…

We saw Jesse Eisenberg forever linked with Mark Zuckerberg by The Social Network. Read more

How A Leaky API Can Kill Your Business

With API breaches emerging by the week, testing is more crucial than ever

There’s a tendency to believe that if something is working, it’s fine. As the saying goes, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” The problem with this is that, particularly when it comes to APIs, it isn’t always easy to spot whether or not something is broken. Read more