API providers are continually breaking new ground in securely providing valuable data to the applications that have become essential to the way we live our lives: The manner in which we can conduct so much confidential personal activity at arm’s length from the organizations we do business with, powered by APIs, would have been considered impossible even 15 years ago. Read more
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Recently, there has been debate over what the best practices are for versioning an API. Many public web APIs are retired as new versions replace them, but if you were to ask Roy Fielding, creator of REST, he may tell you not to version your API at all. Read more
Adding new layers of complexity within a digital service without sacrificing user experience is a difficult endeavor. Especially for platforms that accept online payments and subscription formats, maintaining support for an increasing number of payment methods is deceptively complex.
Users don’t want to think too much about the payment process. Read more
For many companies, providing an API is seen as an IT matter exclusive to internet giants like Twitter, Facebook and Google, startups like Algolia, Wit.ai and Context.io, or for government agencies to open data to the public. But are APIs really limited in that way? Read more
APIs are as vast and varied as the systems that depend on them; while some systems may handle client data, payments, and collaborative research, other APIs may handle less important data such as social media and image sharing.
Due to the variations in application and usage, APIs face a unique set of considerations and issues arising from their availability that no other system faces – the difference between having an API for public consumption or one intended for internal use, in certain circumstances, can mean the difference between megalithic success and catastrophic failure. Read more