Posts Tagged: agile

Lean and Mean Open Data Machines

Open data folks could have a lot to learn from the API community, and vice-versa is true too. As the open data field is about exposing information, there is much overlap between open data and APIs or Application Programming Interfaces, which expose an application’s data or functionalities for third party integration. Read more

What Languages Should Your API Helper Libraries Support?

Shipping a great API isn’t just about exposing an endpoint in a RESTful manner. Yes, plenty of developer users will be fine making HTTP requests, but for some, that is not enough. Whether community curated or vendor supplied, code libraries are often created to help extend an application programming interface — API — into specific languages. Read more

Optimizing APIs for Mobile Apps

Along with data cap and battery drain, speed is a top usability issue for most mobile device users. Even using the latest 4G LTE, mobile networks inherently have higher latencies than DSL, and devices still experience slower ping over WiFi.

The protocol, device configuration, or app design can all contribute to these slow load times. Read more

Why API Developers Love GitHub

Perhaps one of the most important aspects of API development is source control. Proper implementation of source control can lead to more efficient, effective development, with fewer bugs, dependency conflicts, and operational errors.

One of the most popular forms of source control in the modern development environment is GitHub. Read more

5 Benefits of Using Virtualization to Test Your API

Simulated environments are not a foreign concept in web development. Especially for application programming interfaces — APIs — that may need to create a simulation of their service for testing purposes, virtualization is an option that can go beyond your average API explorer or GUI. Read more