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API Developer Weekly

Feb 17, 2022 - Issue #394
This week, we have a featured articles from Bill Doerrfeld that takes a look at trends in the API industry, a look at using PowerShell with the Azure REST API, and multiple articles covering the variety of existing and emerging API styles. For those scratching their head about web3 and APIs, there are two articles that take a look at this topic. Finally, we have several articles around API productization, monetization, and gaining organizational buy-in.  

Happy Reading!
-- James

 
Hot Topics
Trends in the API Industry
By: Bill Doerrfeld on The application programming interface (API) economy is chugging along full steam ahead. The API management market alone is expected to expand 35% by 2025, supported by the sheer number of web APIs coming to market. APIs have become ubiquitous across microservices architectures, public product initiatives, SaaS platform offerings, IoT and partner-partner integrations. by Bill Doerrfeld, Dan Kirsch, Matthew O'Riordan, Michael Gibbs, Terry Brennan, Mike Vizard, Rick Veague, Andrey Mihailenko, Richi Jennings [devops.com]

How to use PowerShell with the Azure REST API
There are many ways to interact with Azure, but PowerShell might be the most familiar for many administrators who work in a Windows environment. IT workers who need to work with users in Azure Active Directory, virtual machines and other Azure resources can interact with the cloud platform directly with Azure cmdlets. [techtarget.com]

REST vs GraphQL vs gRPC
Today, developers have three choices for API development - REST, GraphQL and gRPC. The purpose of this article is highlight key differences between each of them so that developers can pick the right method for solving their problems. Description: is an acronym for Representational State Transfer. by Atul Agrawal [atul-agrawal.medium.com]

DRPC: A Lightweight Alternative to gRPC?
DRPC is a lightweight buffer-based protocol based on gRPC. It removes the complexity of gRPC and can be implemented in fewer lines of code. [nordicapis.com]

Choosing between raw and processed data when designing an API
Look how trees are represented in Piet Mondrian's paintings shown in this post's banner. On the left they are represented in a figurative way, on the right totally abstracted. This is what we'll discuss in this post, not figurative vs abstract painting, but raw vs processed data in API design. by Arnaud Lauret [apihandyman.io]

Exploring the Web3 API Economy
Blockchain has been blowing up for the past several years. Worldwide spending on blockchain is projected to reach $11.7 billion by 2022. And some analysts predict it will rise as high as $20 billion by 2024. Anytime a new sector emerges in technology, many new tools, products, and resources are released in its wake. [nordicapis.com]

APIs in Web3 with The Graph - How It Differs from Web 2.0
One of the stumbling blocks of developing a decentralized application (dApp) is the complexity of querying and using data from a blockchain and other "off-chain" solutions. With dApps, and particularly those running on the Ethereum blockchain, not all of the data is stored on the blockchain. by Richard MacManus, Jake Ludington [thenewstack.io]

Do You Design Beautiful APIs?
API structure matters, but it's hard to see it and tell it apart from all the details found within an OpenAPI description. API design is more than just desig... [youtube.com]
 
The Business of APIs
20 Impressive API Economy Statistics
Tech moves fast. It also employs its own technical jargon, which evolves quickly. It can be hard to keep up with the API industry, as a result, in light of these realities. Even worse, many of the most exciting, revolutionary innovations in the API industry aren't that flashy or noticeable. [nordicapis.com]

5 Patterns for API Monetization
Making money with APIs is a reality for successful API products such as Stripe, Twilio, or Google Maps. They work according to a model that is called direct API monetization , where they take a small amount of money for each API call and their customers make billions and billions of such API calls. by Matthias Biehl [api-university.com]

Is there room for API products in your business model?
Have you ever spoken or heard these words: "We can't talk about API products because we are not selling APIs, we are selling our real products" or "How can we monetize our APIs?" These common lines inspired me to open up some examples on how to think differently on both your APIs and your products. [osaango.com]

Kong Enterprise 2.7 Simplifies API Management
By: Mike Vizard on Kong Inc. this week advanced its service connectivity platform strategy with an update to Kong Enterprise that makes it simpler to collectively manage groups of application programming interfaces (APIs). Michael Heap, director of developer experience for Kong, Inc., said that capability will make it simpler to, for example, assign rate limits to different tiers of APIs. by Mike Vizard, Dan Kirsch, Matthew O'Riordan, Michael Gibbs, Terry Brennan, Bill Doerrfeld, Rick Veague, Andrey Mihailenko, Richi Jennings [devops.com]

Boomi Selects Solace to Enable Real-time Event Streaming across the Enterprise
Solace, the leading enabler of event-driven architecture for real-time enterprises, announced today that Boomi, the intelligent connectivity and automation leader, has selected Solace PubSub+ Platform to enable real-time event streaming across the applications and cloud services they use to run and differentiate their business. by CXOtoday News Desk [cxotoday.com]

New MuleSoft Study Finds 70 Percent of Organizations Do Not Provide Completely Connected User Experiences
Fremont, CA: MuleSoft, provider of the world's #1 integration and API platform, has reported that 70 percent of organizations struggle to provide... [cioapplications.com]

Increase in API use leads to security concerns
We increasingly rely on APIs to deliver the smooth sharing of information between applications. But their very functionality and ease of use is also a gift to attackers. A recent report from Cequence Security shows that 80 percent, or 1.8 billion, blocked attacks between June and December 2021 were found to be API-based. by Ian Barker [betanews.com]

Getting organisational buy-in to your API product
You've read the articles, attended conferences and webinars, and you understand the strategic intent. Ecosystems. Embedded business models. Collaboration opportunities beyond the boundaries of today's customers, supply chains and partners. All made possible by APIs as products. Imagine your organisation manufactures specialist machinery for industrial clients around the world. [apisfirst.com]
 
(Un)Related
7 Ways to Fail at Microservices
At QCon Plus last November, I presented some of the ways microservices can go wrong. I'm a consultant for IBM, and part of my job is helping businesses get cloud-native. These problems are based on my experience - which, unfortunately, I see repeatedly in the field. [infoq.com]

IRS To Ditch Biometric Requirement for Online Access
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) said today it will be transitioning away from requiring biometric data from taxpayers who wish to access their records at the agency's website. The reversal comes as privacy experts and lawmakers have been pushing the IRS and other federal agencies to find less intrusive methods for validating one's identity with the U.S. [krebsonsecurity.com]
 
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