Posts Tagged: web API

What is a JWT?

Why Can’t I Just Send JWTs Without OAuth?

A JSON Web Token or JWT is an extremely powerful standard. It’s a signed JSON object; a compact token format often exchanged in HTTP headers to encrypt web communications.

Because of its power, JWTs can be found driving some of the largest modern API implementations. Read more

Introduction to API Versioning Best Practices

Change is inevitable and growth is a good thing. When your API has reached the point of expanding beyond it’s original intent and capacity, it’s time to consider the next version.

Whether that next iteration is a whole number version bump or just a feature expansion, it’s important to consider the pros and cons of how you let your developers know about it. Read more

10 Payment APIs: Accept Credit Cards, Bank Accounts, BitCoin, and More

For the longest time, if you wanted to make or receive payments on the web, PayPal was the only option you had. Back then, the process wasn’t necessarily as user-friendly as it is today – but they did simplify how users could transfer money. Read more

Using API Analytics to Empower the Platform

API metrics are perhaps the single most important factor in improving any API system. Metrics are inherently valuable – tracking data on API usage, availability, uptime, and other insights is pivotal to keeping a consistently healthy platform. That being said, it’s an unfortunate truth that many developers do not leverage API analytics to their full power, simply preferring to consider metrics a business tool, and little else. Read more

How to Optimize the API Response Package

If there’s anything that has the most “bang for the buck” in the IT world, it’s optimization. Optimization, or the process of simplifying, offloading, or otherwise reducing the processing demand of an entity, can have significant benefits to almost any system, and when done properly, can take even the most monolithic system into the realm of high efficiency and extreme usability. Read more