Posts Tagged: Design

Architecting an API Backend

We’ve discussed in length API business, monetization techniques, and the importance of improving the experience for our target developer consumer. But underneath the hood, what does the architecture of an API platform actually look like? Just as developers who use an API rely on it to power their applications, a similar ecosystem may exist fueling the components that make up an API itself. Read more

Beautiful UI Design for API Developer Portals

When we think of Application Programming Interfaces — APIs — we may not immediately pair them with User Interface design. Implemented as a background tool, APIs are largely in the hands of developers, and technical documentation has a natural reputation of being elusive for laymen. Read more

Top Specification Formats for REST APIs

Documentation will set you free. Whether your API is for internal, private use, or for extensive public interaction, proper documentation can make or break an API. It’s not just a tool for developers, either — proper API documentation can drive API adoption more than any other tool within the API provider’s grasp. Read more

How to Provide APIs With an Existing Information System

In a previous article we encouraged every company to join the digital revolution and provide APIs. But when faced with an existing Information System (IS), the steps toward exposing a business process with an API become far more intricate. An IS may be bloated with pre-existing organizational processes and data structures, which, if exposed directly, can make for a very poor user experience, and possibly a complete deadlock. Read more

Zero Day Flash Exploits, Versioning, and the API Space

 

This month, a day-zero Flash exploit was disclosed, exposing potentially millions of users’ data. After an emergency patch was rushed out, two more exploits were quickly discovered, leading to a vocal demand for an end-of-life date for Flash. Read more