This article presents a review of the first day at the O'Reilly Software Architecture conference, held in New York City 12-13th April. Sessions summarised include, ‘blah, blah... microservices...blah, blah’, ‘the evolution of evolutionary architecture’, ‘Death Star Security’, ‘Twelve Patterns for Hypermedia Architecture’, ‘Architecture Without an End State’ and 'Leading Simplicity'.
On April 5th, 2016 Amazon announced an update to its API Management service known as Amazon API Gateway. In this update, Amazon API Gateway now supports a direct way of importing Swagger 2.0 definitions.
When designing microservices and their APIs, you need to think like a designer focusing on the users, Nic Benders claimed in his presentation at the recent Microservices Practitioner Summit. Design the API first, then build your services with an outside-in approach.
InfoQ had the opportunity to interview Daniel Jacobson about ephemeral APIs, their link to experience-based APIs and when to consider them. He also explains why generic resource-based API architectures can run into problems at scale and why he doesn’t use an API descriptor language. Finally, he describes the various tools they built to deliver those APIs including Falcor, Scryer or Nicobar.
API developer experience is a relatively novel focus aimed to improve API design so it provides a seamless experience to developers when writing software. It can help increase programmers’ efficience and make it easier for developers to achieve goals on behalf of end users.
Michael Bryzek, co-founder and ex-CTO at Gilt, discussed at QCon New York how ‘dependency hell’ could impact the delivery and maintenance of microservice platforms. Bryzek suggested that dependency hell may be mitigated by making API design ‘first class’, ensuring backward and forward compatibility, providing accurate documentation, and automatically generating client libraries.
API languages are in their infancy and API developers are actively using API Blueprint, RAML, and Swagger. Together, as a community, developers are defining the standards that will be used in the future. InfoQ recently had the opportunity to talk to Jakub Nesetril, creator of the API Blueprint project and CEO of Apiary.
Apigee has opened up API Studio, a free online tool for creating, testing and sharing APIs.
Most of the open source projects we share with you on InfoQ increase the capabilities of another library or technology. MongoRepository is different in that it intentionally limits the capabilities of the underlying library. We’ll let Rob Janssen why it does this in his own words.
In this news item, we summarize the highlights of various talks from day one of the conference which are primarily focused on the craft of designing and developing effective APIs.
Apigee has put together a number of open source tools for creating APIs and a number of related service.
Wesley Beary, a member of the API team at Heroku, has compiled a list of guidelines for creating HTTP+JSON APIs presented in a condensed form here.
APIs.json lets domains make their APIs public and discoverable by search engines.
Layer 7 recently released the results of a survey focussed on API design and deployment. The survey showed that API designers are divided on security versus usability as their top priority, there is an even split between XML and JSON representations and strong growth is predicted for Hypermedia style APIs. In summary the survey showed there is no one-size-fits-all way to manage APIs.