Posts Tagged: microservices

What Is The Difference Between APIs and Microservices?

If you’re reading this post, chances are that you’ve heard the terms “API” and “microservice” being thrown around increasingly over the last few years. They’re both incredibly important in modern day web applications, and considering how they’re used, it’s almost as if the two terms are interchangeable — although that’s not quite the case. Read more

Why It’s OK For Your API To Be Boring

Serverless, GraphQL, Go, microservices… disruptive tech offers great benefits, but is “boring” tech better from a pragmatic viewpoint?

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. No need to reinvent the wheel. The KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid!) principle. There are plenty of expressions and the like out there that advocate embracing the tried and tested over the complex and newfangled, but sometimes the siren song of cutting-edge technology is just too much to resist. Read more

The Business Caveats of Microservices

In the API space, it’s almost ubiquitous to join the concept of the modern API with the microservice. Advice abounds, with fans claiming microservices architecture to be the best possible application of our coding ethos and our design conceptualization. Unfortunately, in some cases, adopting a microservice architecture may not be an effective business choice. Read more

How Banks Are Becoming Uberized

You’ve probably heard the “banks are becoming tech companies” sentiment. It’s an idea that’s been around for years, and it captures what seems like an evolution in the way we consume and use everything from food to money. As consumers, we want options at our fingertips, and perhaps it’s this forcing banks across the world to open up their services with APIs and microservices, and ultimately turning them into tech companies. Read more

Is REST Still a Relevant API Style?

What kind of API style should you be using? From SOAP, to REST, GraphQL, and new styles like gRPC, there are many competing standards for designing APIs and the way consumers interact with them. We’ve written about each before, but as the industry changes rapidly, there are always new concerns and opportunities for comparison. Read more