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API World 2014: Summary of Day One Events

by Jeevak Kasarkod on  Sep 17, 2014

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-127: A Toolkit for Authoring APIs and their Services

by Abel Avram on  Sep 11, 2014

Apigee has put together a number of open source tools for creating APIs and a number of related service.

Heroku’s HTTP API Design Guide

by Abel Avram on  Aug 29, 2014 4

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: Publishing and Discovering APIs

by Abel Avram on  Aug 19, 2014 1

APIs.json lets domains make their APIs public and discoverable by search engines.

Layer 7 Survey - Strong Growth Predicted for Hypermedia APIs

by Saul Caganoff on  Mar 10, 2014

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.

Anypoint for APIs: An Interview with Uri Sarid

by Saul Caganoff on  Feb 25, 2014

MuleSoft recently released a significant upgrade to their Anypoint platform for APIs which brings together API design, collaboration and API management features. InfoQ interviewed MuleSoft CTO, Uri Sarid to find out more about the platform.

Getting the Avengers with Marvel Comics API

by Abel Avram on  Feb 07, 2014 2

Recently, Marvel has made available a public API and a RESTful service which provides access to their comics metadata.

The API Orchestration Layer

by Saul Caganoff on  Dec 23, 2013

The traditional resource-oriented API model may not satisfy the most important of your API consumers. Daniel Jacobson of Netflix asserts that good API design is about knowing your API consumers and optimizing your API for that audience.

The Human Aspects of API Design: An Interview with Apiary's Jakub Nesetril

by Saul Caganoff on  Nov 14, 2013

API Design and description is more than just a technical interface contract between machines. Apiary's Co-Founder and CEO Jakub Nesetril points out that the real consumer of an API description is the developer, with all the concerns of engagement, usability and communication that entails. We spoke with Jakub recently about Apiary's approach to API design and emerging API tools and workflows.

MuleSoft Open Sources RAML Tools for Designing RESTful APIs

by Abel Avram on  Oct 23, 2013

MuleSoft has just announced the release of three RAML-based tools for designing, evaluating and testing RESTful APIs.

Mike Amundsen Workshop on API Design

by Saul Caganoff on  Aug 19, 2013

"Don't version unless you absolutely must, and it is rare that you absolutely must" says Mike Amundsen in a series of API design workshops he held recently. Amundsen describes the "USE" paradigm for API design focussing on usability, scalability and evolvability. He describes the three most common styles of API implementation and how they compare to these principles.

Is IQueryable A Bad Choice For APIs?

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Mar 30, 2012 12

Mark Seemann suggests in his article “IQueryable is Tight Coupling” that designing an API such that it exposes an IQueryable interface is a bad idea for several reasons.

Web API Design Book - Crafting Interfaces that Developers Love

by Bienvenido David on  Mar 29, 2012

Apigee, provider of API products and technology for enterprises and developers, has announced the release of "Web API Design: Crafting Interfaces that Developers Love", a free e-book on designing Web APIs. The e-book is a collection of REST API design practices developed in collaboration with various API teams around the world undergoing the Apigee design workshop.

Best Practices For HTTP API Evolvability

by Dilip Krishnan on  Jan 18, 2012

As the title suggests, in Best Practices For HTTP API Evolvability, Benjamin Carlyle, set out to define priciples and practices for designing systems, that are built around HTTP API’s. Systems, that are extensible and can evolve over time.

eBay Announces ql.io

by Dilip Krishnan on  Nov 30, 2011 2

After a teaser with clues last week, Subbu and the engineering team at eBay have unveiled ql.io, a SQL inspired dsl to enable frictionless composition of web API's with a SQL like syntax.

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