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  • Thinking Outside-In: How APIs Fulfill the Original Promise of Service-Oriented Architecture

    by Anders Jensen-Waud on  Jan 21, 2016 4

    The article explores how and why APIs are a lightweight and agile way of building reusable business systems. While some SOA adopters delivered these goals many efforts faced complexity and failed. The key difference with APIs is in the shift from hierarchical services to distributed resources, simplicity, statelessness and a focus on making it practical for the business to understand and implement

  • Metadata-Driven Design: Building Web APIs for Dynamic Mobile Apps

    by Aaron Kendall on  Sep 01, 2015

    More than ten years ago, software architect Kevin Perera invented a design method for architectures that was called "metadata-driven design and development". In this article, Aaron Kendall explains how to use this design method and outlines similarities as well as differences to current techniques like RESTful services or HATEOAS by implementing a metadata-driven mobile application.

  • Book Review and Q&A on Agile IT Organization Design

    by Savita Pahuja on  Jul 17, 2015

    Sriram Narayan’s book – Agile IT Organization Design, provides a basis for reviewing and reshaping the IT organization to equip it better for the digital age. The book covers how structural, political, operational, and cultural facets of the organization design influence overall IT agility.

Programming with Semantic Profiles: In the Land of Magic Strings, the Profile-Aware is King

Posted by Mark Foster on  Jul 11, 2015

In this article, Mark Foster — one of the editors of the ALPS specification — explains what semantic profiles are and how they can transform the way Web APIs are desgined and implemented.

Profiles on the Web: An Interview with Erik Wilde

Posted by Mike Amundsen on  Jul 02, 2015

Erik Wilde talks to Mike Amundsen about Profiles, Description, Documentation, Discovery, his Sedola project and the future of Web-level metadata for APIs.

The APIs.json Discovery Format: Potential Engine in the API Economy

Posted by Kin Lane on  Jun 19, 2015

In the fast growing world of APIs and microservices, finding just the right API when you are developing a web, or mobile application, is always a tedious task.

Managing Technology with CORE Strategy & Architectural C’s & P’s

Posted by Suman K Pradhan on  Jun 11, 2015

Suman Pradhan has written about developing the CORE approach to helping architects and developers build sustainable solutions that match the business needs.

APIs with Swagger : An Interview with Reverb’s Tony Tam

Posted by Mike Amundsen on  Jun 09, 2015

After a flurry of activity from thier open working group Swagger 2.0 was officially released in September 2014. Since then responsibliity for leading Swagger would be handed over to SmartBear.

The Power of RAML

Posted by Michael Stowe on  Jun 02, 2015

RAML, or the RESTful API Modeling Language, is a relatively new spec based on the YAML format- making it easily read by both humans and machines. 2

Article Series: Description, Discovery, and Profiles : The Next Level in Web APIs

Posted by Mike Amundsen on  May 29, 2015

This series focuses on three key areas of "meta-language" for Web APIs: API Description, API Discovery, and API Profiles.

From Doodles to Delivery: An API Design Process

Posted by Ronnie Mitra on  May 26, 2015

Designing a good API is hard work and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when it’s your job to make one. 1

Description, Discovery, and Profiles: A Primer

Posted by Mike Amundsen on  May 22, 2015

While the process of implementing Web APIs has become common, the tooling for describing, discovering, and understanding the meaning of the tens of thousands of API-based services has yet to settle. 1

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