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API Developer Weekly

June 16, 2022 - Issue #410
This week, we have two videos from Erik Wilde as he gives us a history lesson on how HTTP evolved, followed by a look at HTTP/3 and how it makes HTTP faster. He also wrote a complementary post that provides some updates regarding HTTP. We also have a look at API monetization strategies, enabling stronger partnerships through APIs, and how to load test your GraphQL API. 

Happy Reading!
-- James

 
Hot Topics
A Brief History of HTTP: How HTTP Evolved
HTTP has evolved since the Web was created in 1989. The first RFC document published by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) was published in 1996. Fol... [youtube.com]

What is HTTP/3 and how does it make HTTP faster?
HTTP is the most popular foundation for designing and building APIs today. HTTP/1.1, first published in 1997, still provides the syntax and semantics of HTTP... [youtube.com]

Updated HTTP specifications: new HTTP/3 and updated HTTP/1.1 and HTTP/2
Literally everything that we do on the Web today, and the vast majority of what happens in the API space, is based on the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP). It has been around since the Web was created in 1989. HTTP quickly went from HTTP/1.0 to HTTP/1.1 (in 1997) which remained the latest version for many years. [blog.axway.com]

How We Benefited From Webhooks in a Specific Use Case Scenario
Last week, I've been facing a challenging scenario that had certain complex implications for the current architecture we have, thus making me work under many restrictions. Here's my attempt to describe it in a clear manner, and to show how webhooks proved to be suitable to achieve a working solution. by Lucas Pereyra [betterprogramming.pub]

Smart API Security for Your Smart Car
With cars becoming more connected and smarter than ever before, security breaches and vulnerabilities are rising. Exploits such as the recent Tesla hack should be viewed as a severe warning to the automotive industry as a whole. Even if minor, these attacks can easily lead to serious consequences. [curity.io]

Design-First Auth: Choose a Strategy That Works (Auth Part 3)
Recently, we've spent some time digging into frameworks and best practices for your API auth needs. Absorbing that much detail and theory can be overwhelming. I met up with Daniel White, a Senior Software Engineer at Stoplight, to get some on-the-ground perspective. by Julia Seidman [blog.stoplight.io]

Load Testing GraphQL Performance With k6 and StepZen | StepZen blog
For many companies, performance is the main reason to go with GraphQL. But is that a valid argument? Often developers compare GraphQL to REST APIs and see the N+1 requests (or over-fetching) as an important reason to choose GraphQL. Let's put that to the test and explore if GraphQL APIs can outperform existing REST APIs. [stepzen.com]

Sharing the wealth, socialising Kafka event sources in an organisation
AsyncAPI Conference 2021 - Day 3 18th November 2021You've built your Kafka applications and now you're reaping the benefits of stream processing. You realise... [youtube.com]
 
The Business of APIs
How to Build an API Monetization Strategy
API monetization - using application programming interfaces (APIs) to make money and unlock value from your data - is no longer just a buzzword. It is a phenomenon that's driving the API economy. There are several direct and indirect API revenue models. [nordicapis.com]

Enable Strong Business Partnerships Through APIs
For years, partnership programs have opened up new marketing and revenue opportunities through collaboration and innovation between businesses with complementary offerings. Now with the addition of APIs, developers have a simple, streamlined way to build new business relationships between technology, creating huge opportunities for mutually beneficial partnerships in a variety of industries. by Anna Daugherty [blog.stoplight.io]

How APIs Are Enabling Open Banking
The financial industry is in the middle of a period of rapid innovation. The sector has fully latched on to the digital revolution, embracing new technologies to help improve security and provide more value to customers. APIs play a crucial role in this evolution. [nordicapis.com]

RapidAPI nabs $150M at a $1B valuation, with its API marketplace now used by 4M+ developers
RapidAPI, the startup that has built a platform that helps businesses find and integrate third-party APIs, as well as manage their own usage of their own internal APIs, has picked up another big round of funding of $150 million - underscoring both its growth and that of the so-called API economy, where digital services that are often complicated to build and run from the ground up are being built once and turned into extensible units by way of APIs that in turn help power functionality wherever those APIs get integrated. [techcrunch.com]
 
(Un)Related
Azure Load Testing: create tests faster, distribute input data, and much more
We are months into our Azure Load Testing Preview. It's a fully managed Azure service for developers and testers to generate high-scale load with custom Apache JMeter scripts and gain actionable insights to catch and fix performance bottlenecks at scale. Businesses small and large, across industri... [techcommunity.microsoft.com]

A Minimum Viable Product Needs a Minimum Viable Architecture
The concept of a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) can help teams focus on delivering what they think is most valuable to customers, early, so that they can quickly and inexpensively gauge the size of the market for their product before investing significant time and resources. [infoq.com]
 
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