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API Developer Weekly

Nov 15, 2018 - Issue #238
Hot Topics
HTTP-over-QUIC is now HTTP/3
The protocol that's been called HTTP-over-QUIC for quite some time has now changed name and will officially become HTTP/3. This was triggered by this original suggestion by Mark Nottingham. The QUIC Working Group in the IETF works on creating the QUIC transport protocol. QUIC is a TCP replacement done over UDP. by Daniel Stenberg [daniel.haxx.se]

Improving the GitHub Developer experience with GraphQL
The move to GraphQL marked a larger shift in GitHub's Platform strategy towards more transparency and more flexibility in our API. Over the past year, GitHub has been iterating on their schema to bring it closer towards feature completeness and strengthening the use for 3rd party integrators. by Brian Douglas [speakerdeck.com]

Pros of dedicated API services for cross-platform mobile apps
Developers that use one API for cross-platform mobile apps should consider a beneficial alternative: dedicated... API services. It's common to use one API to deploy platform-specific mobile applications for Apple iOS, Google Android and even the web. This straightforward approach may work on medium-scale projects or on projects where all the clients have the same requirements, but it can also result in bottlenecks. [searchmobilecomputing.techtarget.com]

Looking Through Apache Logs For API Signals - Streamdata.io
Apache logs are a pretty ripe source of signals when it comes to what APIs are actually in use across the enterprise. Every call made to any web server across the enterprise, which often runs Apache records the domain, path, headers, and query parameters being made. [streamdata.io]

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Integrate asciidoc into Jekyll [rubygems.org]

Automatically import OpenAPI v3 response json schema assertions
When you import an OpenAPI v3 definition, Assertible automatically creates JSON Schema assertions for Response objects. This makes it much easier to debug any validation errors in your API payload. [assertible.com]

Stoplight Newsletter: Looking back on October
In early October, we announced that we raised a seed round to continue to help developers to get a grip on APIs. 🎉 We're excited to take Stoplight to the next level. You can check out the announcement here. Since then we've been busy working on a new release (style guides! [mailchi.mp]

REST API Notes for 2018/11/13
Another drizzly fall day in the DC area. While the weather is a poor fit for outdoor activities, it is a match for puttering around online. Let's dive into the latest stories added to the REST API Notes compendium. We'll start with not just slides, but also video. [tinyletter.com]

Upcoming Web API Events
A list of upcoming Web API Events, maintained by Matthew Reinbold
 
The Business of APIs
What Digital Transformation Means for Your Company
A digital transformation refers to the adoption of digital processes and tools to achieve strategic business goals. It's a complex, multifaceted process that represents a massive cultural shift in the workplace and changes that affect every part of an organization. Digital has transformed how we shop, listen to music, read the news, and make dentist appointments. [slackhq.com]

Apollo Launches its GraphQL Platform
Apollo is a premier name in GraphQL. The company has launched what it's calling its "flagship product." The Apollo GraphQL Platform serves as a marketplace of data and data services within organizations that leverage GraphQL. Apollo's tagline for the product says it all: "Do GraphQL right." [programmableweb.com]

Coordination via cloud: Improving passenger experience at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport | Computing
Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam has set itself a goal of becoming Europe′s leading digital airport. In terms of improvements to the experience of passengers as they pass through Europe's fourth-busiest airport,... [computing.co.uk]

Mapillary Open Sources Street-Level Image SDK
Mapillary has launched an open-source SDK for its street-level image platform. The SDK allows users to process and upload images to the platform. The more images uploaded, the more up to date and more robust maps become within third party apps. Currently, over 390 million images have been uploaded. [programmableweb.com]

(Un)Related Topics
Five Things Every Developer Should Know about Software Architecture
Given the distributed nature of the software systems we're now building, and the distributed nature of the teams building them, it's more important than ever to understand the basics of software architecture. As a short introduction to the topic and to debunk some myths, here are five things that every software developer should know about software architecture. [infoq.com]

Microsoft Announces the General Availability of Azure Event Hubs for Apache Kafka
Recently, Microsoft announced the general availability of Azure Event Hubs for Apache Kafka. Customers will get the best of both worlds-the ecosystem and tools of Kafka, along with Azure's security and global scale. Furthermore, by bringing together two powerful distributed streaming platforms, customers can have access to the breadth of Kafka ecosystem applications without having to manage servers or networks. [infoq.com]

UML failed so here we have AML (Arbitrary Modeling Language) - DZone Agile
UML is a failure. It failed for several reasons. Mainly, it failed because it falls into the cracks between technical people (developers, architects) and non-technical people (business analysts, project managers, etc). UML is too technical for non-technical people, and not technical enough for technical people. by Neal Ford, See the original article here. [dzone.com]

You might not need Kubernetes
Why use something bloated when you could use something minimal. [blog.jessfraz.com]

Using AWS Firewall Manager and WAF to protect your web applications with master rules and application-specific rules | Amazon Web Services
Jeff Barr's blog post introducing AWS Firewall Manager describes how you can centrally manage a set of web application firewall rules to protect all the applications in an AWS Organization. This blog post will take you through the specific steps to implement firewall rules using both AWS Web Application Firewall (AWS WAF) and AWS Firewall [...] [aws.amazon.com]
 
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