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API Developer Weekly

Feb 7, 2019 - Issue #248
Editor's Note: This has been quite the month for announcements. First with Kin Lane stepping away from API Evangelist. Now, Matt McLarty has announced that the current API Academy team members at CA are moving on, though it will likely continue on in some form.

My sincere thanks go to the entire API Academy team, past and present, that have helped move the discussion around APIs and microservices forward. I am thankful to be able to call each of them colleagues, and most importantly, friends. All the best to everyone on your next adventure! -- James


Hot Topics
Overcoming RESTlessness
New API protocols like GraphQL, gRPC, and Apache Kafka have risen in popularity as alternatives to REST-inspired HTTP APIs. Instead of seeking to replace REST, the software engineering industry should seek to evolve by building on the maturity of the REST ecosystem while exploiting the technological strengths of the new protocols. [infoq.com]

New Beginnings for the API Academy
Learn best practices in APIs & Microservices from industry experts [apiacademy.co]

Using Hypermedia To Design Event-Driven UIs | Nordic APIs |
Some of the most powerful tech is now built fully on an API backbone. Web APIs are great because they can deliver data and functionality over HTTP - or other protocols - meaning agnostic client platforms, easier evolvability, and more efficient designs. by Bill Doerrfeld [nordicapis.com]

We're Living In An API-First World -- Let's Start Developing Like It
Technology trends come and go. But when they stick, they often scale. Such is the case with application programming interface (API) use. I co-founded my company to make API development easier, and in my experience working with connected software, I've witnessed API proliferation everywhere, from enterprise to commerce to social media to the cloud. by Abhinav Asthana [forbes.com]

API Gateways are going through an identity crisis - solo.io - Medium
API Gateways are going through a bit of an identity crisis these days. Are they centralized, shared resources that facilitate the exposure and governance of APIs to external entities? Are they cluster ingress sentries that tightly control what user traffic comes into the cluster or leaves it? by Christian Posta [medium.com]

Kubernetes as an API standard · Cloud Atomic Laboratory
There was a lot of interest in my tweet a couple of months about writing an implementation of the Kubernetes API in Rust. I had a good conversation at Kubecon with some people about it, and thought I should explain more why it is interesting. So, it seems the competition is on. [cloudatomiclab.com]

Twitter Revokes API Access from Automated Follow/Unfollow Services
Twitter recently revoked API access for several popular services that offer rapid and automated follow/unfollow functionality. The company claims that these applications were in violation of the platform's terms and conditions, and had previously been warned about violating the rules. [programmableweb.com]

Building a Documentation Portal For Multiple APIs
This is the second part of an ongoing series looking at building a custom documentation portal from scratch, that uses the Swagger open source tools as well as our professional platform - Swaggerhub. If you haven't taken a look at the first part on setup and building the initial framework, it... [swagger.io]

API Academy and "New Beginnings" - Net API Notes for 2019/01/31
This week's milestone has me in a bit of a contemplative mood, so let's get to something a bit different. Wednesday, on their blog, the CA API Academy announced a "new beginning". While the current lineup (newsletter regulars Matt McLarty, Ronnie Mitra, Mike Amundsen, Erik Wilde, and Mehdi Medjaoui, along with Amy Vujanich) are pursuing other opportunities, the web content will remain accessible. [tinyletter.com]
 
The Business of APIs
 
Ahoy Twilio SendGrid
When we talk to our customers, they tell us that it's harder than ever to build a compelling customer engagement strategy. You have to consider all the customer touch points, from selling and marketing, to when customers are using your product or when they need support. [twilio.com]

The API (R)Evolution - APIs and Digital Transformation - Medium
By Ed Anuff Application programming interfaces, or APIs, have and continue to be the de facto standard for building and connecting modern applications. In the simplest terms, APIs let software talk to other software - which means they put more developers to work developing more applications in less time. by Apigee [medium.com]

Google Predicts Big Year for 'API-ification'
Google Cloud introduced an API platform last July designed in part to give developers better visibility into the interconnections between, and the inner workings among, enterprise applications and data hosted in hybrid and multi-cloud deployments. The Apigee platform developed with partner Informatica, an integration services specialist, is billed as a "cross-cloud API management platform." [enterprisetech.com]

Engauge Opens API Access to Analog Gauges
Engauge is an analog gauge maker. It's gauges test many functions from fan speed to usage. The gauges were initially designed to monitor PC performance, but the gauges can now monitor any electronic device that they interface with. A new API allows users to monitor from compatible 3rd party devices. [programmableweb.com]

(Un)Related Topics
Let's talk about IoT device security
NIST's Cybersecurity for the Internet of Things (IoT) Program is beginning stakeholder engagement on identifying a core set of cybersecurity capabilities that could be a baseline for IoT devices, and... [nist.gov]

Cloud 66 Security Best Practices
Our customers' security is our highest priority. Our products act as your DevOps team and we take the responsibility of making sure your infrastructure is secure from malicious attacks and human errors very seriously. While Cloud 66 products provide a lot of information, guidance and security improvements out of the [blog.cloud66.com]

Traefik: A Dynamic Reverse Proxy for Kubernetes and Microservices - The New Stack
An open source edge router with automated reconfigurability is finding a home in the world of Kubernetes-driven cloud native operations. Emile Vauge had created Traefik three years ago as a side project while developing for a Mesosphere-based microservices platform. He was frustrated with the existing options for edge routing. by Joab Jackson, B. Cameron Gain, Susan Hall [thenewstack.io]
 
Useful Resources
Upcoming Web API Events
A list of upcoming Web API Events, maintained by Matthew Reinbold

Book: The Design of Everyday APIs by Arnaud Lauret
Web APIs are everywhere, giving developers an efficient way to interact with applications, services, and data. Well-designed APIs are a joy to use; poorly-designed APIs are cumbersome, confusing, and frustrating. The Design of EverydayAPIs is a practical, example packed guide to crafting extraordinary web APIs. Author Arnaud Lauret demonstrates fantastic design principles and techniques you can apply to both public and private web APIs. [manning.com]

Book: A Practical Approach to API Design by Casey and Higginbotham
If you read the tech press, everyone knows they need an API but most aren't really sure what it is. They treat it as another checkbox like "Web 2.0" was a few years ago or a mobile app was most recently. In fact, there’s an entire “API-first” movement in development circles that most people don’t understand or even realize why. In this book, we'll start by discussing the what an API is, why you might need one, and follow up with the how to build one. [leanpub.com]
 
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