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API Developer Weekly

March 10, 2022 - Issue #397
This week's articles include a look at how 5G may impact API design, examples of GraphQL being used in production at large companies, and a look at GraphQL and the web of APIs. While REST-based APIs still represent the vast majority of APIs out there, it is interesting to start to see GraphQL success stories to emerge. 

Also featured this week is a look at the increase in API security incidents, a new API testing tool that may be the successor to Dredd (thanks Emmanuel for the link), a feature on women-led API-driven companies, and a new release of EventCatalog, a markdown-driven event driven architecture documentation tool. 

Happy Reading!
-- James

 
Hot Topics
How Will 5G Ubiquity Impact API Design?
Few terms have been used more widely than 5G, and for a good reason. Even once you remove the marketing gimmicks, 5G is still set to deliver a revolutionary step forward for connectivity. This isn't just a simple speed upgrade - 5G promises to deliver a wide range of benefits. [nordicapis.com]

6 Examples of GraphQL in Production at Large Companies
GraphQL has come a long way since its 2012 introduction. From powering Facebook's mobile applications to going open source in 2015, the query language has steadily gained popularity amongst developers. Mentions across Hacker News and StackOverflow have trended upwards (save some brief hiccups) - while GitHub repos with "GraphQL" in their titles have also multiplied. [nordicapis.com]

The Shape of Things to Come: GraphQL and the Web of APIs
The API management industry is undergoing another transformation, with GraphQL increasingly seen as an emerging industry standard - not only for traditional Web 2.0 businesses, like Shopify, but also for new Web3 protocols like The Graph. While REST (Representational State Transfer) is still by far the leading format for offering APIs, some in the industry... by Richard MacManus, Emily Omier, Tim Wagner [thenewstack.io]

API security incidents affected 95% of organizations in the last year
A report on API security released Wednesday by Salt Security found that 95% of surveyed organizations have experienced an API security incident in the past 12 months. The research said that despite the dramatic increase in attacks and incidents, these organizations - all of which are running production APIs - remain unprepared for API attacks, with 34% of respondents lacking any kind of API security strategy. by Steve Zurier, Giora Engel, Filip Verloy [scmagazine.com]

API attacks increase almost 700 percent in the last year
Malicious API traffic has increased 681 percent in the last year, set against a 321 percent increase in overall API traffic. A new report from API security specialist Salt Security shows 95 percent of surveyed organizations have experienced an API security incident in the past 12 months. by Ian Barker [betanews.com]

Schemathesis: Property-based testing for API schemas
Schemathesis is a modern API testing tool for web applications built with Open API and GraphQL specifications. [schemathesis.readthedocs.io]
 
The Business of APIs
Six Women-Led, API-Driven Companies
Diversity and inclusion in the tech industry have big payoffs. Diverse workplaces, especially those that promote gender diversity in leadership, are rich environments for innovation. In honor of Women's History Month, we've pulled together a list of six women leading their companies into the future with innovative API offerings, enriching the landscape of the tech industry and beyond. by Julia Seidman [blog.stoplight.io]

Underestimated and unexpected IT challenges of API initiatives
As an IT member, you convinced your boss that APIs were a thing and IT department should take them seriously. Congratulations! That's good, very good. Not only for you and your IT but for your whole organization. All you need to do now is choose an API gateway solution and you're done... by Arnaud Lauret [apihandyman.io]

Why the Built World Needs Standard APIs
By: Bill Doerrfeld on Lately, new ESG initiatives have come front-and-center as companies seek to contextualize and limit their business's impact on the environment. This is especially true for the built world-a term that refers to the human-made environment that provides the setting for human activity, including homes, buildings, zoning, streets, sidewalks, open spaces, transportation options and more-where monitoring energy efficiencies is becoming more commonplace and even required by law. by Bill Doerrfeld, Richi Jennings, Rahul Bhageeradhan, Rob Mason, Chetan Conikee, Mike Vizard, Bob Quillin [devops.com]
 
(Un)Related
EventCatalog: Discover, Explore and Document your Event Driven Architectures.
An open source tool powered by markdown to document your Event Driven Architecture. by David Boyne [eventcatalog.dev]

The Top Five Challenges of Running a Service Mesh in an Enterprise
Posta: I'm going to be talking about the top five challenges of running a service mesh in an enterprise. My name is Christian Posta. I'm a VP and a Field CTO here at solo.io. Here at Solo, we focus on application networking, and connecting, securing, observing various services across clouds, across clusters, regions, zones, and so on. [infoq.com]

JDK 18 and JDK 19: What We Know So Far
JDK 18, the first non-LTS release since JDK 17, has reached its initial release candidate phase with a final set of nine new features, in the form of JEPs, that can be separated into three categories: Core Java Library, Java Tools and Java Specification. [infoq.com]

The Hardest thing about Engineering is Requirements
One of the hardest things about being a software architect is gathering requirements. You can work with the greatest team of rockstar engineers on the planet and build the most amazing piece of tech ever seen. by Jay [jaybs.medium.com]
 
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