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API World 2014: Summary of Day One Events

by Jeevak Kasarkod on  Sep 17, 2014

In this news item, we summarize the highlights of various talks from day one of the conference which are primarily focused on the craft of designing and developing effective APIs.

Apigee-127: A Toolkit for Authoring APIs and their Services

by Abel Avram on  Sep 11, 2014

Apigee has put together a number of open source tools for creating APIs and a number of related service.

Heroku’s HTTP API Design Guide

by Abel Avram on  Aug 29, 2014 4

Wesley Beary, a member of the API team at Heroku, has compiled a list of guidelines for creating HTTP+JSON APIs presented in a condensed form here.

APIs.json: Publishing and Discovering APIs

by Abel Avram on  Aug 19, 2014 1

APIs.json lets domains make their APIs public and discoverable by search engines.

Striking a Balance Between Open API Usage Policies and Innovation

by Jeevak Kasarkod on  Aug 11, 2014

The limits imposed on open API usage policies by API providers has sparked off a debate on the relationship between such restrictions and its effect on innovation. In spite of philosophical differences between the two sides developers continue to circumvent technical blocks to access data. Is there a way to strike a balance or align interests?

Hypermedia is like Dancing

by Jan Stenberg on  Jul 27, 2014

To take full advantage of the benefits of hypermedia driven systems, the client must allow the server to take the lead and drive the state of the client, Darrel Miller writes comparing with a couple who can dance, one leads and the other just follows, there is no a choreographed sequence of steps defined beforehand.

AtlasCamp 2014 Highlights: New REST APIs and Data Center Offerings

by Steffen Opel on  Jul 24, 2014

Development and collaboration software vendor Atlassian held its annual developer conference AtlasCamp in Berlin, focusing on the recently launched Atlassian Connect 1.0, the new REST APIs for Confluence and HipChat as well as the JIRA and Confluence Data Center offerings for high availability and performance at scale.

rest: Open Source REST Framework For Haskell

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Jul 07, 2014

Silk has recently open-sourced a REST framework for Haskell, called "rest". It provides a DSL for defining REST services which can then be run in popular web frameworks such as happstack. This comes with features such as type-safe URLs, abstraction of format-type support, and a clean separation of API specification and business logic.

Google Launches Gmail API Beta

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 01, 2014

At the last Google I/O Google has introduced a new Gmail API aiming at "giving developers flexible, RESTful access to the user's inbox, with a natural interface to Threads, Messages, Labels, Drafts, and History", and bringing developers multiple benefits over IMAP, says Google.

Drupal Integration with Native iOS and Android Apps

by Sergio De Simone on  Jun 30, 2014

At latest Drupal Conference in Austin, TX, mobile and web development company Lemberg has introduced a native Drupal 8 software development kit. Lemberg's SDK aims at making it easier for developers to handle the communication between a native mobile app and a Drupal website. The SDK is currently available only for iOS and Android, while the Windows Phone version should be coming soon.

3scale Targets API Consumers with APITools Offering

by Jeevak Kasarkod on  Jun 23, 2014

3scale launched APITools in the month of April this year targeted at API consumers. InfoQ spoke to 3scale management regarding motivation and underlying technology among other things and walked away with some interesting insights as well as upcoming initiatives to involve the community.

Swagger Creator Wants to Build Better SOAP for Web APIs

by Jerome Louvel on  Jun 04, 2014 7

During the recent GlueCon 2014 conference in Colorado, Tony Tam, the creator of Swagger and CEO of Reverb, gave a well attended talk on Swagger APIs for humans (and robots), where he announced the Swagger 2.0 Working Group and an early version of an online code editor offering a dynamic YAML to Swagger UI conversion.

UBER: A New Hypermedia Format for APIs

by Steve Klabnik on  May 29, 2014 1

Mike Amundsen, author of "Building Hypermedia APIs with HTML5 and Node" and "RESTful Web APIs", has recently announced a new media type design that he's been working on. It's called UBER hypermedia, which stands for "Uniform Basis for Exchanging Representations."

Zoeticx Middleware API Unifies Incompatible Electronic Medical Records

by Eric Stein on  May 29, 2014

Zoeticx has written middleware which can unify data from any current provider into a single common format. Their newly released API provides easy access to that middleware, enabling developers to easily write applications against multiple databases storing records in different formats.

The Strengths and Weaknesses of Microservices

by Abel Avram on  May 28, 2014 1

There has been significant buzz around microservices lately, enough to generate some hype. After implementing heavy and cumbersome SOA solutions for more than a decade, are microservices the solution the industry has been waiting for? Or, are microservices simpler than monolithic solutions?

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