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API Developer Weekly

Jan 31, 2019 - Issue #247
Hot Topics
Nobody Cares About OAuth or OpenID Connect
If you're reading this post, there's a good chance that you're a web developer who's very interested in web security. You've probably heard about OAuth or OpenID Connect (OIDC) before. You may have even used them at some point in your career. But here's the thing: almost nobody actually cares about OAuth or OIDC. []

8+ OpenAPI Linters | Nordic APIs |
OpenAPI is now a widely-adopted method for describing web APIs. With that fact comes the pressure to validate these specifications are up to date, accurately constructed, and presented for optimal developer usage. Especially with the shift from OpenAPI v2 to v3, developers may require further assistance to ensure their specification matches the current v3 structure and format. by Bill Doerrfeld []

What exactly do developer advocates do?
There are countless career paths for a software engineer, and I'm not just talking about different flavors of engineering management or individual contribution. I've met several engineers who, after years of coding, transitioned to developer advocacy. I think more people would do the same if they knew what it was. []

Reverse engineering an API - Postman Engineering - Medium
It's time to get our hands dirty, sniffing and inspecting to our heart's content. First, we'll import a single request into the Postman app. Then we'll use Postman as a proxy to capture a stream of HTTP/S requests from a variety of clients like a desktop web browser, a mobile device, and an Electron app. by Joyce Lin []

GraphQL and optimizing for developer experience
Developer Experience (DX) is a field within user experience that describes the experience developers have when they use a product. It matters in the same way that User Experience (UX) matters. When users are happy, they'll continue to use your product and tell their communities about it too. []

GraphQL vs REST - Handling errors | GraphQL Blog
An important part of any development project is handling errors as any application, no matter how simple it is, may contain a considerable... []

Google asks Supreme Court to overrule disastrous ruling on API copyrights
View more stories An application programming interface is the glue that holds complex software systems together. Until 2014, it was widely assumed that no one could use copyright law to restrict APIs' use-a view that promoted software interoperability. Then, in 2014, a court known as the Federal Circuit Appeals Court issued a bombshell ruling taking the opposite view. by Timothy B. Lee []

Autonomous APIs, Zdenek Nemec, Founder, Good API, APIdays Paris 2018
Uploaded by APIdays on 2019-01-16. by APIdays []

Configuring the Tyk Developer Portal
This video walks through the setup and configuration of the Tyk API Portal for first time use. You can find more info and get the open-source API Gateway and a free developer licence for the portal at by David Garvey []

2019 API Build and Quality Survey
As more enterprises move toward CI/CD and faster innovation, it's more important than ever to understand how enterprises are building, testing and securing APIs for modern workflows. Take this short survey about APIs and receive a FREE COPY of the survey findings report from Nordic APIs and API Fortress.
The Business of APIs
From Zero To Global: APIs at the BBC | Nordic APIs |
It's easy to think of large organizations and assume there's one person overseeing all activity relating to, say, APIs or cloud services. In fact, that's rarely the case. While the stability and financial backing offered by big companies is invaluable, it can also lead to tangled webs. by Art Anthony []

Survey: APIs Broaden Appeal - From Integration To 'Fundamental Building Blocks' for Software
As APIs continue to play a strong role in integration, in 2019 APIs will also become 'fundamental building blocks' to enterprise software. This is the finding from a survey from Postman, an API development tools provider. IDN speaks with CEO Abhinav Asthana. by Tamas Cser Digital Smart Technologies, Inc []

The seven make-or-break API challenges CIOs need to address
Application programming interfaces hold great promise for tech modernization-if CIOs develop a coherent strategy in advance. To compete in the digital age, large enterprises need scalable and flexible IT systems to allow for ongoing experimentation and iteration at speed. As a result, many companies have launched programs to modernize their technology. []

(Un)Related Topics
The Rise and Demise of RSS
Image: Cathryn Virginia About a decade ago, the average internet user might well have heard of RSS. Really Simple Syndication, or Rich Site Summary-what the acronym stands for depends on who you ask-is a standard that websites and podcasts can use to offer a feed of content to their users, one easily understood by lots of different computer programs. Today, though RSS continues to power many applications on the web, it has become, for most people, an obscure technology. []

Microservices Circuit-Breaker Pattern Implementation: Istio vs Hystrix
There is no denying that in the last few years, technologies like Docker and Kubernetes, to name a few of the most relevant, have revolutionized how we reason about software development and deployment. by Nicolas Fränkel []

Meet Softonic - From a monolith architecture to microservices and event-based communication. - CloudAMQP
The software and app discovery portal Softonic is reached by over 100 million users per month, delivers more than 2 million downloads per day and has a constant flow of events and commands between their services. []
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. []

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. []
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