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- September 16, 2016

hero-book-blogAPI Developer Weekly – September 15, 2016 – Issue #128
A hand-curated weekly newsletter for API developers, published with permission from LaunchAny and CaseySoftware.

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Hot Topics
Announcing the API Stylebook
Collections of resources for API Designers. by API Handyman [apistylebook.com]

Three keys to design-time governance: protocol, format, and vocabulary
How to reduce cognitive load by lightening the load of design-time governance. by Mike Amundsen [amundsen.com]

Considering How APIs Are Influencing The Fundamentals of Software Engineering
Where do I start? Well, it is a fundamental of software engineering course, so let’s look at how the modern API movement can influence and impact the modern software engineer. I may be biased but I think APIs are significantly changing how we develop software, in some pretty important ways–let’s explore. [apievangelist.com]

How Twilio’s distributed team solves developer evangelism
What is Twilio and what can people do with your API? Twilio makes it easy for developers to add communications to their applications. Think phone calling, messaging (over SMS, the public telephone network, or IP-based), or video. by Gordon Wintrob [getputpost.co]

Headlines That Condemn APIs Are Written For Clicks. Not Reality.
Go ahead and click on them. But take the headlines and much of the so-called substance behind them with a grain of salt. Within a couple of days of each other, TechCrunch and Intellyx have published a couple of rants that, in my opinion, do a great disservice to the API-curious and anybody else who reads them. [programmableweb.com]

JavaScript in the Realm of IoT with Node-Red – Pusher Blog
Node-RED is a tool for wiring together hardware devices, APIs and online services in new and interesting ways. In this talk, Dalton explores the reasons behind its use, its architecture, and some of the key “nodes” within it. This talk was filmed at JS Monthly London on July 25 2016. by Alex Booker [blog.pusher.com]

Google Releases gRPC 1.0, an Internet-Scale Production-Ready RPC Framework
Google has released gRPC 1.0, a universal RPC Framework that can be used to build performance-oriented web applications. gRPC is based on Stubby, a single general-purpose RPC infrastructure used by Google for many years. gRPC 1.0 is a GA release and can be considered production ready. [programmableweb.com]

APIStrat Boston 2016 – Nov 2-4
APIStrat Boston – under the direction of our 2016 Program Chair Lorinda Brandon – is already shaping up to be our best program ever. Our three days of workshops, keynotes, fireside chats and speaker sessions 2016 reflect the maturity and diversity of the API business and community today. [boston2016.apistrat.com]

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


The Business of APIs

Cisco Investments, Ericsson Invest $6 Million in PubNub to Help Shape The Future of Networking
The announcement coincides with the launch of PubNub BLOCKS, a service that extends the capabilities of the PubNub Data Stream Network to make the network programmable, delivering a “serverless” environment for application logic that is optimized for modern, realtime applications.

Google Acquired Apigee
The news came in late last week that Google was acquiring API management pioneer Apigee. The news caught me by surprise. I thought if there was still going to be an acquisition of Apigee that it would come from their flagship client AT&T or from other giants like IBM. [apievangelist.com]

Nexright: APIs, the Lifeblood, and Foundation of Digital Business
Providing API strategy and consulting services to help organizations fuel their mobile, multichannel and cloud strategies [application-programming-interface.cioreview.com]

The last thing the API economy needs is copyright friction
The Oracle versus Google verdict set a positive precedent for the future of the API economy, but will it last? What is at stake if the decision is reversed? While on the surface Oracle versus Google might seem like a battle for profit between two tech giants, the implications are much more significant. by Uri Sarid [techcrunch.com]


(Un)Related Topics

Yahoo! Open Sources Pulsar, a Pub/Sub Messaging Platform
Yahoo! has made available Pulsar, their publish-subscribe messaging platform used internally in production by several services. According to Yahoo!, Pulsar is a low latency Pub/Sub messaging system that can be scaled horizontally across multiple hosts and datacenters. Yahoo! has been using Pulsar in production for Mail, Finance, Gemini Ads, Sherpa, and Sports since Q2/2015. [infoq.com]

Serverless Reference Architectures with AWS Lambda
Building your applications with only managed components has become very popular, and AWS Lambda plays a crucial role in that. I see a tremendous interest in examples how to build such applications, and articles such as ” The Serverless Start-Up – Down With Servers!” about teletext.io are read eagerly around the globe. [allthingsdistributed.com]

Video: Patterns & Practices for Cloud-Based Microservices
Rachel Reese talks about the lessons she has learned at Jet.com on their way to developing the platform and how they’ve schooled themselves on what works and what doesn’t for F# and microservices. [infoq.com]

Video: GOTO 2016 – Microservices at Netflix Scale: Principles, Tradeoffs & Lessons Learned
This presentation was recorded at GOTO Amsterdam 2016 http://gotoams.nl Ruslan Meshenberg – Director of Platform Engineering at Netflix ABSTRACT Netflix’s world leading streaming service is comprised of hundreds of microservices. We will cover explicit technology choices we made for all of the microservices to work well together, and the lessons learned of things that don’t work well. by GOTO Conferences [youtube.com]

Categories of Monoliths
We’ve had lots of articles on microservices over the past year or more, if we include looks at various anti-patterns, as well as their relationship to monoliths and things to look out for when moving towards a microservices architecture. [infoq.com]

Amazon Preps Push Notifications for Alexa
Amazon.com is planning to give its Alexa voice-activated assistant the ability to speak up- unprompted-with alerts from apps and gadgets, possibly this fall. It’s a change that could make the service much more useful and a feature developers long have asked for.Right now, users have to start … [theinformation.com]


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