The life of an API follows a predictable lifecycle – from creation to deprecation, each stage of the API lifecycle denotes an important event, and it carries with it a set of best practices. API developers tend to think about the future in very positive ways – how the API will behave, what its design will be – but in doing so, they don’t always consider what the end of that API might look like. Read more
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Release management is an important part of any API development lifecycle. That being said, it is also consistently overlooked, often considered more as an afterthought than a foundational element of the API and business environment. This is unfortunate, as implementing proper release management can not only prevent significant issues from arising, it can also improve the efficacy and value of your customer relationship management processes. Read more
Some people, when confronted with a problem, think “I know, I’ll use versioning.” Now they have 2.1.0 problems.
If your software has a fuzzy or seemingly random versioning scheme — or no apparent version number at all — you’ll likely agree it can be a nightmare to work with. Read more
Most web applications, and many mobile applications, rely on 3rd party APIs like social login, cloud storage, email, messaging, CRM etc. The benefits are obvious, and for some applications the API integration is a core element. However, the API dependency does make applications more vulnerable to change — one small change to an API can break an entire app. Read more
If you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past 18 months you may not know that the Swagger API specification, arguably the most popular specification format available to the API community, has been donated to the Linux Foundation to become the bedrock of the OpenAPI Specification. Read more