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Capital One Launches Developer Platform

by Benjamin Young on  Apr 07, 2016

Capital One launched the DevExchange Beta developer site and initial API offering last month.

IBM Expands Watson Cognitive APIs

by Benjamin Young on  Mar 18, 2016 1

IBM has recently expanded their collection of Watson Cognitive APIs to include beta updates to the Emotion and Tone Analysis APIs.

StopLight Launches Visual API Design Tools

by Benjamin Young on  Mar 01, 2016

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.

Don’t Think like an Engineer When Designing Microservices

by Jan Stenberg on  Feb 29, 2016 1

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 Launches Visa Developer Suite of APIs

by Benjamin Young on  Feb 16, 2016

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.

A Discussion of the Past and Future of Web APIs with Dion Hinchcliffe

by Jerome Louvel on  Jan 12, 2016

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.

Interview with Tony Tam on the Open API Initiative and Latest Swagger News

by Jerome Louvel on  Jan 07, 2016

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.

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.

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.

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.

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