With the tech industry evolving rapidly, reducing development time has become absolutely crucial. For established software companies and independent developers alike, success requires fleet-of-foot decision making. Luckily, API design best practices have come to the rescue. Putting these practices to work ensures greater security, efficiency, and scalability for your apps. Read more
Perhaps one of the most important elements of any implementation leveraging data is the actual modeling of the data itself. Data is only useful when it’s understood and contextualized – when it’s ultimately either shared or made into information. Failing to actually model this data in an understandable way is damaging, and can seriously hamper any effort to develop a product. Read more
We interview Karen White, Developer Advocate at BigCommerce, about her upcoming session at the Austin API Summit 2019.
Karen White is a Developer Advocate at BigCommerce, and she’s passionate about all things developer. Originally with an academic background in technical writing, Karen quickly realized that she loves being able to liaise between developers, product managers, and business folk, informing company-wide strategy on an organizational level. Read more
Adriano Mota, Solution Architect at Ford Motor Company, shares well-treaded tips for designing automotive-grade APIs
There are many significant aspects of building APIs and REST services that API practitioners must consider. For example, there are industry-standard conventions on structuring the URL for each service, similar to patterns used for naming Java variables or classes. Read more
We feature James Higginbotham of LaunchAny, a speaker at the upcoming 2019 Austin API Summit.
Meet James Higginbotham, API consultant, strategist, and author. With over 20 years of experience in APIs and distributed computing, James has guided scores of enterprises through the design of business-oriented APIs — a topic he covers in depth in his latest book, A Practical Approach to API Design. Read more
Contracts, and more specifically contract testing, is becoming more and more a part of many modern WebSocket API implementations. The idea that content exchange can occur in a contracted form, and that these contracts can be controlled and tested, is key to many systems utilizing multi-factor backend, frontend, and push server setups. Read more
We talk Progressive Web Apps with Peter Sheldon from Adobe Magento, and consider how APIs can be used in retail and online commerce.
Traditional brick and mortar retail have been at a crossroads for some time; either brands embrace new innovative technology, or they face disruption at the hands of web-based eCommerce. Read more
2019 will see the growing popularity of plenty of new and powerful approaches to building great APIs. Between growing amounts of data, a 21st century need-for-speed, and ever-tighter regulations, secure and effective API design is more important than ever — and we find that observing trends can be the best way to identify what’s working for others. Read more