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API Developer Weekly

June 24, 2021 - Issue #363
This week we have articles on API-First design, a bit of history and comparison of HTTP/2 vs. HTTP/3, and a look at API breaking changes from @APIHandyman. We also see the API economy revisited a decade later via two separate articles. Happy Reading!
-- James

 
Hot Topics
A Guide to API-First Design
We are living in an API-centric world - it's how we interact with that data. Gartner claimed we live in the API economy back in 2016, and since then, the world's only become more data-driven. APIs are no longer just an extension of an existing tool or website. [nordicapis.com]

HTTP/2 vs HTTP/3: A comparison
HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) is the application-layer transfer protocol that the World Wide Web is based on. Originally conceived in the late 80s as a single-line text-based protocol, and documented initially as HTTP/0.9, its first full-featured iteration (v. 1.0) was documented in RFC 1945 in 1996. [ably.com]

Handling breaking ch-ch-changes
In (Ch-ch-) Changes, David Bowie sang "Every time I thought I'd got it made, it seemed the taste was not so sweet", that's a good metaphor for API design. An API will irremediably evolve because it will lack some features or because of mistakes, and so sooner or later, you may have to introduce a "breaking change". by Arnaud Lauret [apihandyman.io]

A framework for building Open Graph images
You know that feeling when you make your latest hack project public, and you're ready to share it with the world? And when you go to Twitter to post a link to your repository, you just see a big picture of yourself? We wanted to make that a better experience. [github.blog]

Introducing User Management in Postman with SCIM
To add and manage users in Postman as a team admin for a large organization, you can either send invites to the members of your organization requesting them to join your Postman team or set up SSO self-provisioning, available on our Business and Enterprise plans (see all Postman plans). [blog.postman.com]

May 2021 at AsyncAPI | AsyncAPI Initiative for event-driven APIs
Read April 2021 at AsyncAPI for the update from April. AsyncAPI is protocol agnostic. It doesn't mean that you cannot specify some protocol-specific information in the AsyncAPI document. It is possible through a bindings feature. In different parts of the AsyncAPI document, you can provide specific details for Kafka, MQTT, and other protocols. [asyncapi.com]
 
The Business of APIs
The API Economy
Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) have been a big part of the application development world for as long as applications have been around, but they've never been quite as valuable (monetarily, anyway) as they are today. by Ilya Nevolin [medium.com]

The Light and Dark Side of the API Economy
The 'API Economy' is a popular term for VC's and tech media, however Developers seem ironically out of the loop despite their central importance to the whole story. Here's my explanation, together with a dash of economics and social implications. [swyx.io]

Let's talk about API monetization
In this blog post, we will share a three-step framework to help you - the API provider - define a strategy and establish the infrastructure required to monetize your first API. | MuleSoft Blog [blogs.mulesoft.com]

The problem with APIs
Elevate your enterprise data technology and strategy at Transform 2021 . APIs - the application programming interfaces that efficiently connect disparate systems - have been likened to electrical sockets, bartenders, passport clerks, and magic. Though they have been around for more than two decades, in the past 10 years APIs have enjoyed exponential growth in lockstep with the explosion in mobile and web apps. by Chris Gonsalves [venturebeat.com]

(Un)Related
Slack Details Its New Role Management Architecture
Slack recently posted a detailed description of the software architecture of its new role management system. Slack needed to build a system that was more flexible than the one it previously had. It created a custom containerized Go-based permission service that integrates with its existing systems over gRPC. [infoq.com]

Structurizr Lite
Structurizr Lite needs to be given access to a directory, in which a workspace.dsl or workspace.json file exists that defines your workspace. We'll refer to this directory as the "Structurizr data directory". To start Structurizr Lite, use the following commands, replacing PATH with the path to your Structurizr data directory. [structurizr.com]



Useful Resources
 
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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