Posts Tagged: public APIs

How Workarounds Reveal the True Needs of Your API Consumers

Workarounds are clever, but less than ideal solutions to problems that shouldn’t really exist. In the world of APIs, an example of this might be scraping an application’s frontend to make up for endpoints that don’t exist.

At first sight, workarounds may seem like a bad thing. Read more

Should You Build An API Gateway In-House?

There are hundreds of pre-built solutions for everything API, whether it’s authorization, documentation, or some other functionality. While there’s a wide range of choices for your API gateway solutions — especially in recent years — the very best ones can cost quite a chunk and aren’t always tailored to your needs. Read more

The Evolution of the API Marketplace

People love marketplaces. Offline, at the winter fair or at the souk, marketplaces provide consumers with the ability to browse for the goods they like and haggle over the price. Who doesn’t love a bargain? Online marketplaces like price comparison websites retain this tradition, allowing consumers to find the best deals for insurance, credit cards, and so on. Read more

API Evangelism and API Advocacy: Is There A Difference?

Build it and they will come. That might work for ghosts and baseball fields but, sadly, it’s not true for APIs. There’s nothing worse than spending months developing an API, or any other product for that matter, only to see it flounder after launch. Read more

What is an API Portal?

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