Because they power applications used by hundreds, thousands, and even millions of people, security is hugely important when creating APIs. Despite this, perhaps due to their now outdated reputation as niche products “just for techies,” there can be a bit of an air of complacency around API security. Read more
With all of the love and proclamations about REST, we can sometimes forget that it’s simply one of many options. REST is a very good standard for a wide variety of APIs, but there are other API design styles for more nuanced scenarios. Read more
OAuth is an incredibly popular internet standard for granting apps and web services access to the information available on other websites. Though the implementation is complex, the premise is simple: you tell a website you want to access its data, you log in with the user’s details, and off you go — but without some kind of protocol the process would be a whole lot more complicated. Read more
If there’s one takeaway from the recent data security issues, it’s this — security is a paramount concern for any organization, large or small. That’s why it’s so confusing, then, to see so many organizations taking a lax approach towards security. Read more
A Software Developer Kit, or SDK is perhaps one of the most important things a web API can have. SDKs are a helpful system of libraries and frameworks to support the API, often including documentation and other guidelines.
What can’t be argued are their significance to developers. Read more