To our Restlet community, partners and customers, I’m happy to announce our recent acquisition by Talend, a provider of cloud and big data integration solutions, with strong open source roots and track record of success. A leader in the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Integration Tools, 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Quality, and Forrester Wave: Big Data Fabric Q4 2016, Talend’s technology supports over 1500 global enterprise customers including Air France, GE, and Lenovo, across a range of industries.
Both Restlet and Talend believe APIs have become the currency for success in the cloud computing marketplace as organizations of all sizes advance through their digital transformation journey. Together, we will help data-driven enterprises take an API-first approach to continuously deliver awesome user and customer experiences, as well as to enable better data and application integration.
But before we jump ahead to what Restlet and Talend will be able to do together, let’s take a look back at the evolution of our API technology, which is composed of the open source Restlet Framework for Java developers, and the cloud-native Restlet Platform for DevOps teams, together covering the full API lifecycle—from design, implement, test, document and operate.
As the first REST API framework launched in 2005, the Restlet Framework is, like Talend Open Studio, a solid and mature open source project in terms of both technology and community. Its unique design covers the needs of both client and the server sides with a unified Java API that lets developers efficiently manipulate REST and HTTP elements to provide or consume web APIs.
When we launched the Restlet Cloud module to facilitate the creation and hosting of Data APIs, we built-in gateway capabilities and API contract lifecycle management, allowing structured and raw data sets to be exposed as REST APIs with zero coding. The goal was to enable developers as well as non-developers to quickly deliver high-quality APIs in the cloud.
Then, recognizing the importance of formal API contracts and languages such as OpenAPI Specification (aka Swagger Specification) and RAML, we added the Restlet Studio module to the platform, which focused on API designer activities. With Studio, the requirements of API consumers can be visually expressed before implementation, preventing typical failures with SOA projects. It also facilitates team coordination, enables test-driven development, parallel front-end and backend implementation, continuous documentation and more.
Finally, we added the Restlet Client module—one of the most used visual REST clients in the market with 300,000+ users. This module includes advanced automated API testing capabilities, especially suitable for DevOps teams and CI/CD workflows.
It’s been amazing to be part of the rise of REST APIs and having had the opportunity to build the Restlet Platform with contributions from our team, our growing community and the continued support of our customers and partners. Through the years, REST and HTTP—the backbones of the Web—have been an endless source of inspiration and an incredibly powerful and stable foundation.
Alone, APIs are useless because their true value comes from the capacity to provide and consume useful data through them. Together with Talend, we will be able to leverage this synergy between data and APIs at a much larger scale, which I find even more exciting vs. staying a smaller independent startup.
As REST beautifully articulated, each Resource in an API can be manipulated by exchanging Representations of its state through standard HTTP methods (i.e. a Uniform Interface). Representations capture a Resource’s current or expected state, which is composed of both data and metadata. Resource-Oriented programming makes data a first-class citizen in APIs.
Moving forward, Talend will also assume the role of Restlet as a founding member of the OpenAPI Initiative, and will continue to foster API standards across the API toolchain. Our vision is for the OpenAPI Specification (OAS) to cover all steps of the API lifecycle around a simple core API contract enriched by multiple facets, including design, test and operations, among others.
We are already working with our new Talend colleagues to deliver our API design and testing capabilities within the Talend Data Fabric platform and kickstart the next generation of API governance solutions. In the coming weeks, we will reach out to our existing customers to share the joint roadmap and gather feedback on these plans.
I’m very excited by the opportunity to deliver innovative and easy-to-use API products to our customers as part of Talend. Thanks to each of you for your continued support.
Founder of Restlet