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
The European financial services industry is on the cusp of a technological revolution. Reforms like PSD2 and the CMA initiative in the UK are forcing traditional banking institutions to enter the API Economy as active participants.
Great news for the FinTech scene, one would think; at last the banking platforms are being opened up ready for third-parties to securely access a customer’s data without the need to screen scrape online banking interfaces (also frequently referred to as ‘direct access’). Read more
Have you ever tried to implement a new process in a big company? Believe us when we tell you that it’s not an easy (or fun) task. From obtaining initial approval all the way through to disseminating information, it takes time and there are often bumps along the road. Read more
In September 2006, only a few months into its existence, Twitter came out with the first version of its public API. This was surprisingly early in an age when social APIs were not yet prevalent, especially since Twitter had yet to become the success story that seems so obvious in hindsight. Read more
The monetization of API datastreams has been discussed at length. Figuring out a methodology to create passive income streams from API users can help an API be more successful, allowing for further developer-supported iterations, better customer service, and longer-term longevity. Read more