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API Developer Weekly

October 13, 2016 - Issue #132
Hot Topics
Swagger Ain't REST - is that OK?
If you've spent much time with me, you've undoubtedly heard me ramble on at length about linked data. And in those conversations, you've likely heard me say something to the effect of "linked data is REST". However, I haven't really spent much time talking about REST by itself - especially considering the amount of importance heaped on it by proponents of the "API Economy". []

Evolving Distributed Systems using APIs
The first question we can raise here is, whether it is a good idea to let the systems communicate a lot, as communication means we need to agree on an API in the first place, which in turn creates coupling. []

API Best Practices: Developer Portals
Previously, we discussed best practices around deployment models for API platforms. Here, we'll cover key features of developer portals and considerations for organizations who use them. As an API provider, you want prolific adoption of your APIs by developers. []

7 Critical Factors For Selecting Your API Management Layer
Remember the final scene of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, where the old Knight says: "You must choose, but choose wisely"? Admittedly Indy wasn't choosing an API Management Solution and certainly had other things on his plate that day... by Andrew Murray, James Higginbotham []

Your Southwest Airlines Flight Has An API
Looking through the response it has all the information you need for your flight update screen. It might seem scary for folks like us poking around the network on airplanes looking for things like this, but this is just the nature of the Internet and something any network operator should consider as normal. []

Effective API design of USPTO
We've been closely monitoring the progress of the USPTO utilizing effective API design to provide free and open APIs for their vast store of patent information. Though it's still early days, in general, we're impressed . The Director of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Michelle Lee has set out some positive goals for open data and API management and testing . by Paul Doscher [] Introduces Extensive Changes to Developer Experience
At their massive Dreamforce conference, cloud leader unveiled Salesforce DX: a new model for building and deploying applications to their platform. InfoQ spoke to VP of Product for Salesforce DX, Wade Wegner, for all the details. []

Why I believe GraphQL will come to replace REST
GraphQL is a product-developer-friendly and efficient method for fetching structured data from a server, designed to be an alternative to REST. It was developed in 2012 at Facebook, has powered the main iOS and Android apps for over four years, and is now used by dozens of Facebook apps on both native and web. []

Daisy-chaining APIs makes serverless sense
Enterprise and startups are moving to cloud-based infrastructure to create an API-enabled value chain for new products and workflows. With this has emerged the idea of serverless infrastructure: running functions and applications completely in cloud-based servers where the hosting provider handles all of the sysadmin requirements. by Mark Boyd []
REST API Notes for 2016/10/11
Greetings! Whether you are heads down on Q4 objectives or enjoying the London APIDays conference, here is the latest, greatest RESTful API thoughts for your consideration. Long time API industry writer, Mark Boyd, has published a tremendous piece entitled Turning APIs into Products: The Next Stage of Business Growth. []

APIStrat Boston 2016 - Nov 2-4
APIStrat Boston - under the direction of our 2016 Program Chair Lorinda Brandon - is already shaping up to be our best program ever. Our three days of workshops, keynotes, fireside chats and speaker sessions 2016 reflect the maturity and diversity of the API business and community today. The preliminary schedule has been announced. []

Upcoming Web API Events
A list of upcoming Web API Events, maintained by Matthew Reinbold

The Business of APIs
Uncle Sam to Healthcare IT: Voluntary Guidelines for Open APIs Not Quite So Voluntary
APIs will be mandated as a requirement for all health software used in U.S. government-funded healthcare programs starting from 2018. The goal of the initiative is to spur growth of a new healthcare startup ecosystem and to give citizens full control of their health information. []

API Case Study: Integration of Credit Offers API
Now that the DevExchange is up and running, we’re starting to see our APIs being used by external developers in their applications, workflows, and experiences. One of the earliest examples of this was through, which integrated our Credit Offers API into the CardMatch service. []

iPaaS In Your Browser With Push By Zapier
Allowing users to trigger API functionality from the browser adds an empowering dimension to the API conversation for non-developers. It allows the average user to access the features of any SaaS platform with an API, in their default environment--the browser. []

Why APIs Are Worth The Time And Attention Of IT Professionals - InformationWeek
IT professionals who have yet to be convinced that API management could be useful need look no further than Google's plan to acquire Apigee, an API management platform. It's the latest in a string of similar offerings that highlight the importance of application programming interfaces in today's IT organization. []

(Un)Related Topics
Uncovering the magic: How serverless platforms really work!
Working with a serverless platform like OpenWhisk almost feels like practicing black magic. You insert code and it just executes that code as often as you want and need. You never hit deploy. You never worry about scaling. You never manage anything around it. It. Just. Works. Witchcraft you say? by Markus Thömmes []

Service-Based Architecture as an Alternative to Microservice Architecture
ThoughtWorks director Neal Ford argued in a recent talk that organizations transition more easily from a monolithic architecture to a service-based architecture than to a microservices architecture. Ford spoke at UberConf 2016 about service-based architecture, a middle ground between service-oriented architecture and microservices. []
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