IBM has recently expanded their collection of Watson Cognitive APIs to include beta updates to the Emotion and Tone Analysis APIs.
StopLight has launched a new visual API design tool and cloud service which aims to abstract away various API description specifications into a single interface.
When designing microservices and their APIs, you need to think like a designer focusing on the users, Nic Benders claimed in his presentation at the recent Microservices Practitioner Summit. Design the API first, then build your services with an outside-in approach.
Visa Developer opens the world’s largest retail payment network to the world of developers. The suite of APIs available via this newly launched platform include far more than the expected credit card validation and authorization systems by including APIs for micro-transactions, wish lists, and shopping carts.
Interview with Dion Hichcliffe to get his vision for the direction of Web APIs. Based on a decade of in-depth experience, Dion explains how the history of REST and simple design influenced the ultimate popularity of web APIs over web services. As businesses adopt web APIs more broadly, Dion explains the past and present, and hints at the future of APIs, platforms and networks.
After the Linux Foundation announced the formation of the Open API Initiative (OAI) in the beginning of November with an impressive list of founding members, API developers had questions about the role OAI would play driving consensus around standards. Tony Tam addressed some of these questions later in November at the API Strategy and Practice Conference in Austin, Texas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.