A Software Developer Kit, or SDK is perhaps one of the most important things a web API can have. SDKs are a helpful system of libraries and frameworks to support the API, often including documentation and other guidelines.
What can’t be argued are their significance to developers. Read more
It’s a universal truth that testing for errors, and debugging any that show up, isn’t a fun process.
Almost all API providers are familiar with the process of monitoring and testing. Before you commit code, API behaviors must be thoroughly vetted, as with any software release. Read more
Continuous Integration (CI) is a part of the DevOps process that aims at integrating code written by a team of developers. This involves building the code along with dependencies, testing it against a prepared set of unit and integration test suites, and creating reports listing the resulting artifacts. Read more
Software development these days is about iterating fast, and releasing often. In the 10 years since Martin Fowler wrote his original paper, continuous integration has become a cornerstone of the software development process. It is a fundamental part of Agile development (being one of the core tenants of Extreme Programming) and has helped to spawn organizational change with the creation of the DevOps approach to application development. Read more
Every so often, a new image file format comes along that does a better job of compressing images than JPEG or PNG. We’ve seen Google pushing its own Webp format, (purportedly 26% smaller in size compared to PNGs), and new formats BPG and FLIF are contenders, packaging images in less and less space and time then their predecessors. Read more