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 into a widely-accepted set of standards. There is still quite a bit of opportunity when it comes to defining and implementing tools around the "meta-level" of APIs.
Bulk data is commonly accessed via files & FTP. As the world moves toward APIs to facilitate collaboration, what are the requirements for data APIs? This article describes a meta-data driven architecture for bulk data ingestion. Two APIs operate in parallel to provide data changes as well as the data records themselves. An example demonstrates how API responses are parameterized using meta-data.
In this article, authors provide an overview of current SOA technologies and incremental transition to SOA in legacy environments. They also discuss web services & enterprise application integration.
Rounding out our first Web APIs series Mike shares books he recommends for those who want to learn more about designing, implementing, and maintaining APIs for the Web.
Roy Fielding talks to Mike Amundsen about versioning on the Web, why hypermedia is a requirement in his REST style, and the process of designing network software that can adapt over time. 14
In this article, we'll talk about four different real-world implementations of hypermedia starting with how you may already be using hypermedia through image links. 1
This article provides a brief overview of the design methodology covered in the book "RESTful Web APIs" by Richardson and Amundsen. 3
Mike Amundsen's series "Designing APIs for the Web" is a straightforward dive into API design suitable for a broad set of stakeholders. This article reviews the series so you know what to expect.
Chris Haddad explains why one should create a roadmap for an API, providing advice on avoiding common API pitfalls, creating business value and monetizing API assets. 1
As part of our ongoing series on Web APIs Mike Amundsen talks to Mike Kelly about his reasons for creating HAL and his experiences over the last three years with web developers and the API community 4
This article, the first of a new series, examines APIs from a business perspective. It covers the importance of tying your APIs back to your business value, with examples from Amazon and Twilio. 2
This series takes the reader on a journey from determining the business case for APIs to a design methodology, meeting implementation challenges and maintaining public APIs on the Web over time.
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5 OAuth Essentials for API Access Control.
OAuth standardizes a number of important access-related challenges for API publishers. However, deploying OAuth as an authorization mechanism for enterprise APIs raises challenges around scalability...
5 Pillars of API Management.
The boundaries of the traditional enterprise are blurring, as organizations open their on-premise data and application functionality for use in new internal and external applications...
A Guide to REST and API Design.
“If all you have is a hammer, then everything looks like a nail,” said American psychologist Abraham Maslow as he tackled the idea that those in the field of psychology needed to approach treatment from multiple perspectives...
A How-to Guide to OAuth & API Security.
OAuth is an emerging Web standard that lets users grant third-party clients restricted access to resources they own. In the past, it was common to ask a user to...
Protecting Your APIs Against Attack and Hijack.
The application programming interface (API) is an emerging technology for integrating applications using Web technology. This approach is exploding in popularity...
5 Ways to Get Top Mobile Developer Talent for your Open APIs.
In this eBook, we will provide a detailed overview of five key ways smart enterprises attract and nurture top third-party developer talent...