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Using Microservices in the Internet of Things

by Ben Linders on  Dec 31, 2015

In this interview Fred George explains how the internet of things can exploit microservices and the challenges that the Internet of Things is posing and how to deal with them. InfoQ also asked him for advice for the software industry regarding the usage of microservices for the Internet of Things.

A Pattern for API Backends Serving Frontends

by Jan Stenberg on  Dec 29, 2015 2

The web experience through a mobile device differs in many ways from a desktop version with its smaller screen, limited data plans and need for fewer requests. A mobile device also requires different data and may provide other interactions, e.g. with a bar code reader. One solution is to have one API backend for each type of client, a Backend For Frontend (BFF), Sam Newman explains in a blog post.

Defining, Reviewing and Implementing Service APIs with “goa”, a Go-based Microservice Framework

by Daniel Bryant on  Dec 29, 2015

Raphael Simon, senior systems architect at RightScale, has created “goa”, a Go-based HTTP microservice framework that allows the definition of a service API via a Domain-Specific Language (DSL) and the automated code generation of the corresponding “boilerplate” server and client code. InfoQ sat down with Simon and asked questions about the goa microservice framework.

Apigee Technologists Explain API Trends, Products, and Standards

by Jerome Louvel on  Nov 19, 2015

Following the “I love API” conference in San Jose, InfoQ had a chance to speak with Ed Anuff and Marsh Gardiner from Apigee to explain their view on new developments with Swagger and changes to API use in IoT, healthcare, and mobile. They also discuss open source projects like Swagger Editor, potential changes to how API security is handled, and the unrealized ideal of hypermedia.

Daniel Jacobson on Ephemeral APIs and Continuous Innovation at Netflix

by Jerome Louvel on  Nov 17, 2015

InfoQ had the opportunity to interview Daniel Jacobson about ephemeral APIs, their link to experience-based APIs and when to consider them. He also explains why generic resource-based API architectures can run into problems at scale and why he doesn’t use an API descriptor language. Finally, he describes the various tools they built to deliver those APIs including Falcor, Scryer or Nicobar.

Dropbox API v2 Launched for Swift, Python, .NET, and Java

by Sergio De Simone on  Nov 10, 2015

Dropbox has announced its API v2, which supports four SDKs: Swift, Python, .NET, and Java, is generally available to developers. According to Dropbox, Dropbox API v2 is “simpler, more consistent, and more comprehensive”. Currently, API v2 does not support JavaScript and Objective-C.

The RAML Workgroup Announces RAML 1.0 and API Workbench

by Abel Avram on  Nov 04, 2015

The RAML community has announced the release of RAML 1.0, API Workbench and a JavaScript plus a Java RAML parser.

Dropbox Deprecates APIs and Prioritizes User Collaboration

by Saul Caganoff on  Nov 01, 2015

Support for Dropbox's Datastore and Sync APIs ended last week, leaving developers confused and depending on a new Core API which is still in preview status. Meanwhile recent announcements of collaboration products appear to signal a prioritization away from developers towards a focus on user collaboration.

What is API Developer Experience and Why It Matters

by Sergio De Simone on  Oct 25, 2015 4

API developer experience is a relatively novel focus aimed to improve API design so it provides a seamless experience to developers when writing software. It can help increase programmers’ efficience and make it easier for developers to achieve goals on behalf of end users.

Interview with Runscope on API Testing and Monitoring

by Jeevak Kasarkod on  Oct 22, 2015

Runscope, an API monitoring and testing vendor, announced the general availability of Live Traffic Alerts, a real time API performance monitoring solution for live production traffic for key API transactions. InfoQ used this opportunity to speak to Runscope about their vision and the value their platform brings to its consumers.

Interview with Form.IO: API Creation Using Web Forms

by Jeevak Kasarkod on  Oct 08, 2015

is an open source platform that enables front end developers to autonomously build backend APIs using forms to drive their apps. The platform provides a single solution for creating both APIs and user interfaces for consumption by a front end javascript framework. InfoQ spoke with the founders of to learn more about the platform capabilities and the future they envision for it.

Ionide is a New Atom-based F# IDE Written in F#

by Sergio De Simone on  Sep 29, 2015

Ionide, based on the Atom Editor, is a suite of packages that aim to provide a full-featured, modern, cross-platform, open-source IDE for F# development. InfoQ has talked with Ionide’s creator, Krzysztof Cieślak.

Interview with Readme.io Founder on the Future of API Documentation

by Jerome Louvel on  Aug 27, 2015

Documentation, one of the great neglected areas of software development, is finally getting some attention, with a number of relatively new tools. For an API documentation can be considered essential. Gregory Koberger is working on a system with the intent of connecting developer documentation more directly to APIs and the API dashboard.

Redfish: A New API for Managing Servers

by Abel Avram on  Aug 06, 2015

Redfish 1.0 is defined as a standard and a RESTful API for the management of scale-out commodity servers. Although it was created with the current needs of scalable architectures in mind, Redfish can be used for the management or the integration of the older platforms and their tool chains.

Design of a Hypermedia REST API Server and Consuming Client

by Jan Stenberg on  Jul 09, 2015

REST and hypermedia has a lot of benefits but they significantly complicates building both the client and the server API, thus useful only in some scenarios Jimmy Bogard states in a series of blog posts highlighting what’s needed to get a full hypermedia solution from server to client including choosing a hypermedia-rich media type.

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