- June 10, 2016

API Developer Weekly – June 9, 2016 – Issue #115
A hand-curated weekly newsletter for API developers, sponsored by LaunchAny and CaseySoftware and republished with permission. Subscribe now.

Hot Topics

What Twilio’s IPO Filing Means for the API Economy
Cloud communications platform Twilio, which offers a suite of APIs for text messaging, VoIP and voice, has filed its S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), setting the stage for the company to raise up to $100 million in an initial public offering (IPO). []

Wells Fargo’s Bid to Vanquish Screen Scraping
Brett Pitts has had enough of screen scraping, and he has a strategy to end the archaic method for accessing bank accounts at Wells Fargo and the industry at large. On Tuesday, Wells was set to announce that it’s created an API, or application programming interface, so small businesses can have their bank account data poured directly into the accounting software provided by Xero. []

What is the Difference Between an API and an SDK?
Understanding the difference between an API (Application Programming Interface) and an SDK (Software Development Kit), and knowing when to provide each, is incredibly important for fostering a developer ecosystem. In the modern development landscape, these two tools and the synchronicity between them are the driving force behind web communication and the implementation of third party APIs. by Kristopher Sandoval []

Video: Microsoft Cloud’s Front Door: Building a Global API
Summary Charles Lamanna talks about the scale and architecture of Microsoft’s Azure Management Gateway. Lamanna presents how Azure API’s are built for high availability and for data sovereignty from a key Microsoft Azure Architectural resource. Charles Lamanna is a Principal Group Development Manager in the Microsoft Azure team. []

eBook Released: API-Driven DevOps – Strategies for Continuous Deployment | Nordic APIs |
We’re excited to announce that we’ve released a new eBook! We’ve compiled our last 10+ articles on the subject of DevOps into a handy compendium. Grab a copy of API-Driven DevOps for free HERE, or name your price on LeanPub. by Bill Doerrfeld []

Creating a Multi-Step API Monitor
One of the unique features of the API Science platform is the capability to create multi-step API monitors, wherein multiple API calls are chained together into a single monitor. If your product requires multiple API calls in order to produce the result you deliver to your customer, you could create a collection of standard single-call monitors. by Kevin Farnham []

Upcoming Web API Events
A list of upcoming Web API Events, maintained by Matthew Reinbold


The Business of APIs

Developer Personas as a Revenue Growth Tool
Nike, Adidas and Under Armour have digitally opened up their fitness and athletics products. McCormick Foods and Campbells Soup have released flavor profile data. Walgreens digitized their photo printing and prescription filling order services. Philips released programmable lightbulbs. Edmunds transformed from a car classifieds site to a digital sales inventory and vehicle information service. by Mark Boyd []

Tips For Improving Your Business API
Don’t be afraid to take a deeper dive into the technology that’s powering your business. []

The API Industry Supply Value Chain
When commencing an API strategy, a business needs to be clear about its goals and expectations. Defining a business model around what the API is intended for is an important first step as it can help guide decisions like: who should have early access? by APIdays []

Who is Really Responsible for API Security?
Application programming interfaces (APIs) are the backbone of the digital world, and as such, API security needs to be tight. However, we have seen recently just how lax API security has been. The Nissan Leaf story may have been the most vivid example of API security failure, but there are others, like a vulnerability in Tinder that compromises user security. []


(Un)Related Topics

Delivering Microservices for Enterprise with DevOps
It is an exciting time to work in Capital One’s Technology Department as we’re utilizing open source software and emergent cloud technologies to build great digital products and a world-class developer experience. As an Architect, I work with development teams to help realize next-gen architectures such as microservices, cloud-native apps, and DevOps. []

A Nonprofit Case for Docker – via @codeship
Even in discussions with people pretty familiar with Docker, I find many are convinced it is only needed for those with significant scaling issues. It’s true that Docker is fantastic for scaling services to any level, and it can be ideal for microservice architectures. But those aren’t the only valuable use cases for it. by Phillip Shipley []

Slack bots built using Node-RED
Have you ever wanted to be notified when a new question was asked on a specific Stack Overflow or developerWorks Answers question query? Or wondered how to know when a new channel is created in Slack? There’s no automatic notification, so unless someone manually types a message in another channel to inform everyone, you won’t know. by Sean Franklin []

The Age of the GPU is Upon Us
Todd Mostak Having made the improbable jump from the game console to the supercomputer, GPUs are now invading the datacenter. This movement is led by Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, Tesla, Baidu and others who have quietly but rapidly shifted their hardware philosophy over the past twelve months. []


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