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- July 15, 2016

hero-book-blogAPI Developer Weekly – July 14, 2016 – Issue #120
A hand-curated weekly newsletter for API developers, published with permission from LaunchAny and CaseySoftware.

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Hot Topics

3 reasons for thoroughly testing your APIs
APIs have become the new middleware, enabling front-end apps to connect with back-end systems, connected objects and sensors to talk to cloud services, applications to interoperate, and more. Initially used internally, APIs take a life of their own and are increasingly used as a means to communicate with clients or partners, either to support an existing business process or to become a business of their own. by Yves de Montcheuil [restlet.com]

We Need to Talk About Docs
Nik Wakelin discusses why developers dislike writing documentation, what can be done about it and how to improve the process of writing docs. [infoq.com]

The Intersection of FinTech and Credit Offers
Brandee Shin, Product Manager for the Capital One DevExchange Credit Offers API, helps us appreciate the backdrop of FinTech, how that sets the stage for this new API offering, and hypothetical use cases that could take this into some very interesting territory.

Walkthrough of APIware’s Sapience API Security Validation Tool
These days, APIs need to be strong. They need to be versatile to change, and must triumph in the face of malicious schemes hackers use to disrupt core systems. But how does a provider consistently maintain security across their API platform, and consistently check to see that security is maintained throughout continuous code deployments? by Bill Doerrfeld [nordicapis.com]

MyPureCloud/openapi-explorer
openapi-explorer – Utility to view/run open api defined apis [github.com]

Upcoming Web API Events
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The Business of APIs

With Brexit, APIs just got geopolitical
A critical mass of digital platform opportunities could create a new center of gravity for startups and alter the flow of fintech talent and funds. by Bryan Kirschner [recode.net]

What is the API for YOUR startup?
I was recently chatting with one of the Techstars founders and found myself asking her, “What is the API for your business?” This may sound like an odd question, but it actually is not. Every single startup, and every single business has an interface that it offers to the world. by Alex Iskold [alexiskold.net]

Gnip’s Audience API is now Generally Available | Twitter Blogs
Today, we are excited to announce the general availability of Gnip’s Audience API, following a valuable Public Beta period that was launched last fall at our Flight Developer Conference. [blog.twitter.com]

BMC Announces New Automation API for Hadoop Environments
BMC announced an expanded Big Data strategy to automate, accelerate and secure enterprise-class Hadoop environments. Adding to its Big Data strategy, BMC also announced Control-M Automation API, designed to improve Hadoop application deployment agility. The digital universe is doubling every two years, and by 2020 about 1.7 MB of new information will be created every second for every human on the planet, according to IDC. [programmableweb.com]


(Un)Related Topics

Matt McLarty on The Agile Roots of Microservices
Within the last two years, Microservices have become the biggest trend in software architecture. Driven by the example of Amazon, Netflix, and others, countless organizations are now evaluating how they can leverage Microservices to improve their software delivery speed, resilience and efficiency. by AgileVancouver [youtube.com]

How to set your microservices up for failure
If you’ve been developing software for more than five years, you’ve probably seen this cycle before: New architecture emerges. Developers abandon previous best practices. Developers eventually realize that some of those “old-school” practices apply to the new architectural approach. Microservices are no exception. by Asanka Abeysinghe [sdtimes.com]

A Tour of Apcera NATS: A Simple, High-Performance Messaging System
Setting up complicated messaging systems for service communications can be something of a challenge. Apcera’s NATS open source messaging platform was designed to address this complexity. “The core principle behind that is around simplicity and performance. NATS is incredibly simple. It uses a plain text protocol, which is always available. by Kiran “CK” Oliver [thenewstack.io]

Microservices: State of the Union
Adrian Cockcroft discusses success/failure stories of adopting microservices, overviews what’s next with microservices and presents some of the techniques that have led to successful deployments. [infoq.com]


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