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
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.
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.
Erik Wilde talks to Mike Amundsen about Profiles, Description, Documentation, Discovery, his Sedola project and the future of Web-level metadata for APIs.
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.
Suman Pradhan has written about developing the CORE approach to helping architects and developers build sustainable solutions that match the business needs.
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.
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
This series focuses on three key areas of "meta-language" for Web APIs: API Description, API Discovery, and API Profiles.
Designing a good API is hard work and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when it’s your job to make one. 1
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
Bulk data is usually accessed via files & FTP. As collaboration migrates to APIs, what are the requirements for data APIs? Here we describe a meta-data driven architecture for bulk data ingestion.