- January 13, 2017

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Hot Topics

What I Learned Crafting API Definitions For 66 Of The Amazon Web Services
I just finished crafting API definitions for 66 of the Amazon Web Services. You can find it all on Github, indexed with an APIs.json. While I wish all API providers would do this hard work on their, I do enjoy the process because it forces me to learn a lot of each API, and the details of what providers are up to. []

Protobuf alternative to REST for Microservices
A few months ago a colleague and long-time friend of mine published an intriguing blog on a few of the less discussed costs associated with implementing microservices. The blog post made several important points on performance when designing and consuming microservices. by Mike Ensor []

Episode 1 – GraphQL by API Academy
In this episode we dive into the world of GraphQL. Is it a good choice for building applications? Is it a replacement for REST? by API Academy []

3 Ways to Make Your API Responses Flexible
Most APIs deliver their responses the exact same way to every client. That’s by design; developers need to know what to expect. There are plenty of circumstances where what’s returned is not quite what a developer wants, though. Some APIs provide flexibility in the types and amount of… by Zapier []

Formatting text with the Google Slides API
The G Suite team recently launched the first Slides API, opening up a whole new category of applications. Since then, we’ve published several videos to help you realize some of those possibilities, showing you how to replace text and images in slides as well as how to generate slides from spreadsheet data.

Google Hangouts API gets hung out to dry
Draw with your face? Conference call ping pong? Not any more. Google today quietly revealed that it will shut down the Hangouts API, preventing new apps from being built and shutting off existing apps on April 25th. by Josh Constine []

Hoping Schema Becomes Just As Important As API Definitions in 2017
When you look through the documentation of many API providers, some of them provide an example request which might give hints at the underlying data model, but you rarely ever see API providers openly share their schema in any usable format. []

Q&A with Jez Humble, Joanne Molesky and Barry O’Reilly on Lean Enterprise
InfoQ interviewed Thomas Fraustein, architect at Zalando, about his team’s radical agility development organization that is optimized for an API-first approach. He explains what an API-first approach is, and provides tips on building good APIs for scalable microservice architectures where a large number of services are offered efficiently.

REST API Notes for 2017/01/09 – iPhone Turns 10
“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller On January 9th, 2007, Steve Jobs stood on the stage at Macworld and unveiled the iPhone. Watching the keynote again, all the familiar Jobs keynote superlatives are there. []

API Digest #61:What Is the Value of Your RESTful API?
API2Cart is back with a fresh portion of API-related news and articles of the last fortnight. In this issue, you are going to read a quick overview of the following articles: What is the value of your RESTful API? []

Upcoming Web API Events
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The Business of APIs

A Glimpse At Minimum Bar For Business API Operations in 2017
I’m hoping this is what 2017 is all about when it comes to APIs–where average small businesses and enterprises getting their API operations up and running. Its is like 2002 for websites, and 2012 for mobile–APIs are what you do if you are doing business online in 2017. []

Mobile Banking – The Importance of What, Not just Who
Approov verifies the authenticity of an app instance and communicates the verdict to the server that the app is connected to, thus establishing positive trust between the two with no impact on user experience. []

eBay Updates Buy and Sell APIs
Changes are coming to the recently launched eBay Buy and Sell APIs. These changes include category name length increase, schedule changes for required product identifiers, and bidder privacy changes in the eBay Trading API. eBay will be implementing these changes in the coming months. []

Amazon Introduces Rekognition for Image Analysis
At the AWS re:Invent conference, Amazon launched Rekognition, a managed service for Image Recognition and Analysis, powered by Deep Learning. The capabilities that Rekognition provides include Object and Scene detection, Facial Analysis, Face Comparison and Facial Recognition. The service attempts to extract meaning from visual content for the 1.2 Trillion pictures captured annually. []


(Un)Related Topics

Alexa: Amazon’s Operating System
The concept of an operating system is pretty straightforward: it is a piece of software that manages a computer, making said computer’s hardware resources accessible to software through a consistent set of interfaces. by Ben Thompson []

Amazon’s Echo is building a coffin that’s custom-made for Google
Amazon’s Alexa, the personal assistant that launched with the Amazon Echo smart speaker, completely dominated this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. Just ask anyone: ” Alexa Just Conquered CES. The World Is Next,” read one Wired headline. CNBC, the BBC, MIT Technology Review, and many others all had equally laudatory reports. by Matt Weinberger []

TV news report about unwanted Alexa orders triggers unwanted Alexa orders
Television anchors on San Diego’s CW6 were discussing how a young girl “accidentally” ordered a dollhouse and four pounds of cookies by talking to Amazon’s Alexa when one of the anchors said “I love the little girl, saying ‘Alexa ordered me a dollhouse.” Oops. []

Most Young Gig Economy Companies Way Behind On Protecting User Data: 2016 In Review
“Sharing” or “gig economy” companies like Uber and Airbnb continued to grow in 2016, meaning their data protection and privacy practices came into sharp focus as millions of Americans turned to these young companies for everything from rides to the airport to renting an apartment instead of a hotel room. []

Why big data and algorithms won’t improve business strategy
Over the years, I’ve heard a lot of people talk about algorithmic business and how big data will improve business strategy. For most, I strongly suspect it won’t. I originally wrote this post in February 2015 and what I’ve observed since then makes me feel it is worth repeating. by swardley []

The pros and cons of serverless computing
It’s called serverless computing, introduced with services such as AWS Lambda and now Microsoft’s Azure Functions. These systems manage the starting and stopping of machines for you. They’re not really serverless, but the servers aren’t yours to buy or maintain. You’re billed as an abstract measure of the resources you used, not for the runtime of those servers. by David Linthicum []


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