It wouldn’t be exaggerating to say that APIs are the cornerstone of modern technology. If you’ve ever taken a computer science class, you’ll know that programming can get pretty boring when there’s nothing to link your application to.
Enter the “Application Programming Interface,” or “API,” and all of a sudden you have the tools needed to pull data from all around the world, using services that others have already built to make the most of physical data sensors, internet, and mobile technology. Read more
These days, developer communities come in all shapes and sizes. There are tight-knit local meetups for niche programming languages. Groups form around everything from GraphQL to Docker, and massive online communities center around platforms like Github or Stack Overflow. And occasionally, communities emerge around company-specific API platforms too; take Twilio, Shopify, or Fidor, for example. Read more
We’ve been in the API game for a little while now, and we’ve seen our fair share of compelling developer communities being cultivated. On the flipside, we’ve also seen some epic fails. At our 2016 Platform Summit, Shayne Parmelee, developer experience lead at Shopify, talked about some of his own successes (and failures) during his time with the company. Read more
While most organizations have matured in developing the glue between their information and application systems via APIs, many often overlook how to deliver and expose those APIs to their respective consumers.
Reusability and adoption are the driving factors for a healthy ROI from an API, but they are harder to obtain than you may think. Read more
Most web API providers probably already know about GraphQL by now. It’s the API query modeling language making waves throughout the API industry, allowing developer users to interact with a web API in an arguably cleaner method. The industry is still divided, though. Read more