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API Developer Weekly

Oct 15, 2020 - Issue #330
We have another great selection of articles for this week. First, Postman has released their 2020 State of the API Report. We also have two articles around gRPC, plus a new book release from Mike Amundsen titled "Design and Build Great Web APIs" from PragProg. Also, be sure to check out the upcoming webinar with me and Erik Wilde (Axway).

Finally, have a look at an interesting article titled, "USB3: why it's a bit harder than USB2" to see how a simple specification can become very complicated very quickly - then consider how this applies to API design. 


Happy reading! -- James
 
Hot Topics
2020 State of the API Report
Read the 2020 State of the API report. Discover insights from more than 13,500 API industry professionals and experts. [postman.com]

What is a gRPC API and How Does it Work?
gRPC is an API framework that allows a program in one location on the internet to pass data to a distinct function in another program at another location on the internet. In this article, we're going to discuss how gRPC emerged on the landscape of distributed computing and explain the technology. [programmableweb.com]

Practice gRPC for the first time
As mentioned earlier gRPC is actually a framework; that setup a standard of communication between services. And along with that it also use a HTTP/2 transportation to enhance the communication, reducing latency - How can HTTP/2 accelerate the communication? Read this post from Google. by Kittiphat Srilomsak [medium.com]

Design and Build Great Web APIs
APIs are transforming the business world at an increasing pace. Gain the essential skills needed to quickly design, build, and deploy quality web APIs that are robust, reliable, and resilient. Go from initial design through prototyping and implementation to deployment of mission-critical APIs for your organization. [pragprog.com]

How API Schemas Are Making Connectors Obsolete
Specifications like OpenAPI are providing a solution to outdated connector issues by providing the option to create machine-generated integration services on demand, writes David Brown, founder of TORO Cloud. Connectors, as used by an Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) platform or iPaaS, could soon be made redundant as these platforms start to replace them with machine-generated services driven by API schemas. [nordicapis.com]

Server-to-Server Authorization Using Mutual TLS
Leveraging a token-based architecture for API access is becoming much more popular, as it should. However, not all tokens are created equal, and there are things to consider when implementing a token-based API infrastructure. A common approach is to use so-called Bearer Tokens to authorize a client when making an API call. [nordicapis.com]

Apidays Webinar: Being Succesful at Managing multiple API management vendors in a large organization
API management is now a widely adopted practice. In every large organization, a number of departments have acquired their own API management solutions in order to meet their own particular needs. However, when the API mindset reaches the CIO and other executives, they often choose to adopt a group solution that competes with existing practices. [us02web.zoom.us]

5 Ways to Succeed with an API Gateway
HAProxy sponsored this post. Whenever a new technology gains traction - whether it's a framework, language, tool, or practice - software developers must distill its true value from the buzz. Many have honed this skill to a fine edge, ready to cut away the meaningless from the meaningful. by Nick Ramirez, Sarjeel Yusuf, Mark Hinkle [thenewstack.io]

Providing Source Metadata as Part of the API.json Index for Data APIs
The COVID-19 API resource center we launched back in April at Postman was a success. It generated a lot of traffic and API usage, but also brought in about 75 API submissions from the community. One of the things we learned as part of this work is that more APIs doesn't always mean better outcomes. by Kin Lane [apievangelist.com]

Enterprise GraphQL Conf | A conference about GraphQL in the Enterprise
Hasura is committed to fostering a diverse, and welcoming, conference for its attendees. There are limited diversity sponsorships available for those from underrepresented groups in technology. For more information contact us at [email protected] This conference is tailored for developers, architects and technical leaders in enterprises who are interested in or evaluating GraphQL no matter what stage of the journey you are in. [hasura.io]

AWS cooks up Extensions API for Lambda serverless platform: Useful for monitoring, alerting
Cloud computing behemoth Amazon Web Services, has pushed out an Extensions API for its Lambda serverless platform that lets developers write custom code to handle lifecycle events - such as when the environment starts, invokes functions, and shuts down. AWS Lambda runs functions on demand. [theregister.com]

The Business of APIs
Investors, founders report hot market for API startups
Startups that deliver their service via an API are having a moment. Or perhaps a year. Speaking with founders and investors this year, it has become clear that the API model of delivering a product is more than an occasional hit-maker for companies like Twilio or Plaid. Instead, it appears that the... [techcrunch.com]

4 basic principles of an API ecosystem
As the API economy matures, an increasing number of organizations are co-creating API-based products in collaboration with other ecosystem members - including customers, partners, independent developers, software vendors, etc. Empowered with a fresh perspective of consumer-centric thinking, organizations should be open to reimagining value creation in collaboration with their partners. by Varun Krovvidi [blogs.mulesoft.com]

Growing your business with an API
This article summarizes a talk I recently gave at the Nordic APIs Platform Summit in Stockholm, Sweden. The full title of the presentation... [link.medium.com]

Okta adds new no-code workflows that use identity to trigger sales and marketing tasks
It seems that no-code is the tech watchword of the year. It refers to the ability to create something that normally would require a developer to code, and replace it with dragging and dropping components instead, putting the task in reach of much less technical business users. Today Okta announced ... [techcrunch.com]
 
(Un)Related Topics
The Uncounted Casualty of 2020
Before I go into this post, I realize that I'm blessed. My job has continued uninterrupted throughout, my family has been healthy, and - while many friends have struggled - it has been painful but not catastrophic. Overall, I have few legitimate complaints. Since COVID-19 spread outside China, the world has been flipped upside down [...] [caseysoftware.com]

USB3: why it's a bit harder than USB2 - kate's lab notebook
A few people on twitter have asked me to explain why the USB3 winds up being much harder to implement than USB2. The answer is more than will fit in a single tweet, so I thought I'd put a quick-but-rough answer, here. by Kate Temkin [lab.ktemkin.com]

System Design 101
Nowadays, system design interviews are part of the process of top-level tech companies. Many people are afraid of system design interviews as there's no certain pattern to prepare. Besides, system design questions are open-ended, and there's no standard right or wrong answer, which makes the preparation process even harder. by Ashis Chakraborty [towardsdatascience.com]

The Developer Experience Gap
When the iPhone was first introduced in January of 2007, it took the world by storm. by Stephen O'Grady [redmonk.com]

Useful Resources
Upcoming Net API Events
A list of upcoming Net API Events, maintained by Matthew Reinbold

API Security Events
A list of upcoming API security events from apisecurity.io

Tyk Whitepaper: Approaching your API Strategy
As well as writing for the James Higginbotham is an Executive API Consultant with experience in API strategy and software architecture. James guides enterprises through their digital transformation journey to deliver a great customer experience and provides training in API and microservice design. [content.tyk.io]


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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