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Building Starling Bank in the Cloud: Greg Hawkins Discusses Open Banking, DevOps and Hackathons

by Daniel Bryant on  May 31, 2017

At QCon London, Greg Hawkins presented “Building and Trusting a Cloud Bank”in which he discussed how the Starling Bank team has created a UK Bank running on the AWS public cloud. InfoQ caught up with Hawkins at a recent StarlingDev Hackathon, and discussed Open Banking and PSD2, the challenges of legacy applications, and what the future holds for online banking.

The Economics of Microservices: Phil Calçado Recommends Avoiding ‘Microliths’ at CraftConf

by Daniel Bryant on  May 17, 2017 2

At CraftConf 2017 Phil Calçado presented “The Economics of Microservices”. The key takeaway from the talk: the ‘Inverse Conway Maneuver’ can be a useful tool to shape an application’s architecture during a migration away from a monolith, but this can lead to creating ‘microliths’ unless the ‘transaction cost’ of creating a new service is lowered to below the cost of adding to an existing monolith.

GitHub Rewrites its Desktop Client Using Electron

by Sergio De Simone on  May 16, 2017 6

GitHub moved away from the native implementations of its macOS and Windows clients and replaced them with a complete rewrite based on Electron, announced GitHub’s director of client applications Phil Haack. Along with GitHub Desktop Beta, GitHub has also introduced a new beta of Atom sporting out-of-the-box Git and GitHub Integration. InfoQ has spoken with Haack.

Microsoft Releases APIs for Face Recognition, Computer Vision, and Content Moderation

by Roland Meertens on  May 09, 2017 2

Microsoft Cognitive Services released its Face, Computer Vision, and Content Moderator APIs to its users in late April. Cognitive Services comprises many APIs and services that enable developers to add image recognition, speech, translation and other functionality to their own applications, without having to develop these capabilities themselves.

The HTTP API Space is Consolidating around OAS

by Abel Avram on  May 06, 2017

MuleSoft has become member of OAI and released the API Modeling Framework that understands both RAML and OAS. Restlet Studio now supports RAML.

IBM Open Sources Their API Microgateway

by Margot Krouwer on  May 02, 2017

IBM has recently announced that they’ve open sourced their API Microgateway. This means that any developer/business can now take advantage of this software in their own computing projects at no cost.

Google Announces Cloud Machine Learning API Updates

by Srini Penchikala on  Apr 10, 2017

Google recently announced the Cloud Machine Learning API updates at the Google Cloud Next Conference. This includes a set of APIs in the areas of vision, video intelligence, speech, natural language, translation and job search.

Microsoft Releases Azure Functions Proxies Public Preview

by Kent Weare on  Apr 04, 2017

In a recent blog post, Microsoft announced a public preview for Azure Functions Proxies. This feature provides reverse proxy functionality targeted at organizations that expose many Azure Function Apps and want to have a common public endpoint, regardless of where and how many Function Apps have been provisioned.

Evolving APIs for Scale with Dropbox

by Margot Krouwer on  Apr 02, 2017 3

Dropbox builds a dramatically different V2 of their API, built for scale.

W3C Web of Things Working Group Begins Work

by Benjamin Young on  Mar 22, 2017 1

The recently chartered Web of Things Working Group at the W3C has begun its standardization work. The Working Group (WG) was born out of exploration previously done by the Web of Things Interest Group (IG).

HelloFresh's Migration to a New API Gateway to Enable Microservices

by Hrishikesh Barua on  Mar 22, 2017 2

HelloFresh recently migrated their applications to a new API gateway with zero downtime. Their Director of Engineering, Ítalo Lelis de Vietro, shared the challenges and the migration process in a recent article.

Aspects and Services - an Important Distinction?

by Mark Little on  Mar 19, 2017

Arnon Rotem-Gal-Oz believes that something is either a monolith or a microservice is nonsense. He also believes that more and more implementations which claim to be microservices will not live up to all of the principles. However, he does not discount the need for semi-independently deployable software components and discusses an approach he has found useful, which he call Aspects.

Google Makes Public Their API Design Guide

by Abel Avram on  Mar 10, 2017

Google has made public an API Design Guide for creating HTTP or RPC APIs. These design principles are recommended especially to developers creating gRPC APIs connecting to Google Cloud Endpoints.

Advertising in a Snap: How Snapchat’s New APIs Are Increasing Their Ad Presence

by Margot Krouwer on  Mar 06, 2017

Snapchat has released key new self-service features into its advertising API. These updates include the ability for companies to purchase ads in a self-service capacity, as well as take advantage of advanced ad targeting.

Organizing over Organization

by Ben Linders on  Feb 23, 2017

In the coming years we will see less organizations, but not less organizing. Organizing is a daily activity to get things done, but we don't necessarily need organizations to do things. When individuals are subordinate to the organization, it's an inhibitor for adopting modern management approaches.

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