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API Developer Weekly

July 11, 2019 - Issue #270
As expected, this week's articles are a little light due to the recent holidays. As a result, I have included a few articles that are outside the norm but still quite interesting. Enjoy! -- James
Hot Topics
API Interoperability is a Myth | API Evangelist
A network of research sites dedicated to the technology, business, and politics of APIs. []

Microservice gateway and access patterns
As part of my API consulting engagements, I'm often asked to review their approach to microservice architecture. While most organisations agree the goal for a microservice-based approach is to move faster and reduce team coordination through smaller services that do one thing well, not all of them agree on how they should be designed, accessed, ... []

GraphQL Documentation Generators, Explorers, and Tools
Automatically generating documentation is a dream come true for developers loing to focus on the code instead of copywriting. It's also a dream for end users, who get documentation that's up-to-date and reliable. by J Simpson []

Daniel Stenberg: HTTP/3 is coming soon
HTTP/3 is the designated name for the coming next version of the protocol that is currently under development within the QUIC working group in the IETF. HTTP/3 is designed to improve in areas where HTTP/2 still has some shortcomings, primarily by changing the transport layer. by Klarna []

MapSCII is a Braille & ASCII world map renderer for your console - enter => telnet <= on Mac and Linux, connect with PuTTY on Windows - rastapasta/mapscii []
The Business of APIs
How a struggling airline went soaring through the cloud
Air Malta managed to turn its business around after two decades of losses and soar with the big boys and girls in the airline industry. But how? Air Malta is a tiny operator with 10 aircraft that had experienced two decades of annual losses. []

TIBCO And Ping Identity Collaborate On Advanced API Cybersecurity Solutions
TIBCO Software Inc., global provider of integration, API management, and analytics, has announced an official partnership with Ping Identity, a provider of Identity Defined Security. Together, TIBCO Cloud Mashery and the PingIntelligence for APIs solution bring seamless, AI-powered protection against new emerging API threats to customers. []

Glitch is bringing remix culture back to the web with a $30 million Series A round
Building apps and tools on the web shouldn't just be for the technically inclined. In the early days of the web, it was easy to make your MySpace account, for example, unique to your personal aesthetic. Glitch is doing that for the modern era. Glitch, formerly known as Fog Greek Software, is ... []

(Un)Related Topics
No developers required: Why this company chose no-code over software devs
Netherlands insurer Univé has turned to no-code software development to launch an accident-prevention service designed to reduce claims and lower premiums. The insurance co-operative, which has roots dating back to 1794, did not believe a developer-coded approach to building software could offer the speed it required to launch new services, while off-the-shelf applications did not fit customer needs. by Lindsay Clark []

My experience architecting a software development stack with JRuby, OpenJDK, and Roda
During the past several months I have been actively developing a browser-based, database application in order to catalog, rate, and review the various retro game systems and software titles in my collection. As a jumping off point to accerlate the project, I combined my experience and portions of code from the IonFalls BBS project, and combined it with the Roda routing tree web framework. by Retro Axis []

Querying Data Streams with Apache Pulsar SQL
Apache Pulsar has become increasingly popular, especially since becoming a top level project in the Apache Software Foundation. One of the interesting things we've seen is that people are using Pulsar not only for pub/sub messaging, but are also taking advantage of Pulsar's scalable storage architecture and tiered storage capability to store data streams in Pulsar. []

To run or not to run a database on Kubernetes: What to consider
Today, more and more applications are being deployed in containers on Kubernetes-so much so that we've heard Kubernetes called the Linux of the cloud. Despite all that growth on the application layer, the data layer hasn't gotten as much traction with containerization. []

Developer Preview of Local Home SDK
Recently at Google I/O, we gave you a sneak peek at our new Local Home SDK, a suite of local technologies to enhance your smart home integrations. Today, the SDK is live as a developer preview. []
Useful Resources
API Security in Action
A web API is an efficient way to communicate with an application or service. However, this convenience opens your systems to new security risks. API Security in Action gives you the skills to build strong, safe APIs you can confidently expose to the world. 

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

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. []

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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