Build GDPR Compliant APIs with OpenID Connect

Thomas Bush

GDPR, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, came into effect in March of 2018. This new regulation sets the privacy and security expectations for handling user data, and applies to every actor evenly tangentially related to the European market. Read more

8+ OpenAPI Linters

Bill Doerrfeld

OpenAPI is now a widely-adopted method for describing web APIs. With that fact comes the pressure to validate these specifications are up to date, accurately constructed, and presented for optimal developer usage.

Especially with the shift from OpenAPI v2 to v3, developers may require further assistance to ensure their specification matches the current v3 structure and format. Read more

From Zero To Global: APIs at the BBC

Art Anthony

It’s easy to think of large organizations and assume there’s one person overseeing all activity relating to, say, APIs or cloud services. In fact, that’s rarely the case. While the stability and financial backing offered by big companies is invaluable, it can also lead to tangled webs. Read more

5 Ideas for Building Faster APIs

Thomas Bush

Back in 2006, Google discovered that an extra 500 milliseconds of latency could drop traffic by as much as 20%. That was twelve years ago; now web users expect faster responses than ever before, and as an API practitioner, it’s your duty to make that happen! Read more

7 Protocols Good For Documenting With AsyncAPI

Kristopher Sandoval

Documentation is arguably the most important part of any API strategy, as it’s often the direct route between developer and user, and a direct conduit through which the developer can inform, educate, and contextualize. Accordingly, finding good options for documenting your API is of prime importance. Read more

What Is The Difference Between APIs and Microservices?

Thomas Bush

If you’re reading this post, chances are that you’ve heard the terms “API” and “microservice” being thrown around increasingly over the last few years. They’re both incredibly important in modern day web applications, and considering how they’re used, it’s almost as if the two terms are interchangeable — although that’s not quite the case. Read more

Why It’s OK For Your API To Be Boring

Art Anthony

Serverless, GraphQL, Go, microservices… disruptive tech offers great benefits, but is “boring” tech better from a pragmatic viewpoint?

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. No need to reinvent the wheel. The KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid!) principle. There are plenty of expressions and the like out there that advocate embracing the tried and tested over the complex and newfangled, but sometimes the siren song of cutting-edge technology is just too much to resist. Read more