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
Some of the most powerful tech is now built fully on an API backbone. Web APIs are great because they can deliver data and functionality over HTTP — or other protocols — meaning agnostic client platforms, easier evolvability, and more efficient designs. Read more
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.
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
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
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
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