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API Developer Weekly

Apr 1, 2021 - Issue #351
I've found some great article this week and that's no joke. This week, AsyncAPI announces that it is joining the Linux Foundation, API Handman offers an insightful article on how true API ownership is important, and a look at the importance of API security at design time and run time. There is also a great interview with Mark Boyd on Why APIs are a storytelling technology.   

Happy Reading!
-- James

Hot Topics
AsyncAPI joins Linux Foundation
Today marks a delightful milestone for us at AsyncAPI: I'm proud to share with you that we're now a Linux Foundation project When a year ago, our Łukasz and I started having discussions on the best way to improve the open governance, we instantly agreed that AsyncAPI had to join a neutral home. []

7 ways leading to wrong ownership and killing APIs
After hundreds of API design reviews, I can tell that the most neglected aspect of API governance is ownership. Unfortunately, that’s probably the most important one. Without true ownership, your APIs will probably be totally wrong. Without true ownership, your employees will be terribly sad or leave. Without true ownership, your company may even die. As an API design reviewer, I believe that my role is also to warn the teams I’m working with about this topic and help them to fix the problem. by API Handyman []

OAuth apps are being exploited to launch cyberattacks
Cybercriminals are increasingly abusing OAuth apps to launch attacks against enterprise businesses according to new research from Proofpoint. For those unfamiliar, an OAuth app is an application that integrates with a cloud computing service and may be provided by a different vendor other than the cloud service provider. by Anthony Spadafora []

Security-first API Design
What is API Security? API security is the application of any security best practice applied to web APIs, which are prevalent in modern applications. API security includes API access control and privacy, as well as the detection and remediation of attacks on APIs through API reverse engineering and the exploitation []

Overview of APICheck
Having the ability to run checks on an API is vital. Providing adequate functionality and security requires testing the API and ensuring that it matches specifications. A great user experience depends on predictable and consistent developer experience, which is only attainable through standardization of the underlying codebase. []

Program Web APIs with .NET
Programming book reviews, programming tutorials,programming news, C#, Ruby, Python,C, C++, PHP, Visual Basic, Computer book reviews, computer history, programming history, joomla, theory, spreadsheets and more. by Editor []

Twitter acqui-hires team from Reshuffle to work on its API platform
Twitter today is announcing what the company calls a "strategic acquihire" of the API integration platform Reshuffle. The startup's commercial technology, which allows developers to build workflows and connect systems using any API, will be wound down as a result of Twitter's deal. []

An Event-Driven View of the API Lifecycle | API Evangelist
I am continuing my quest to define and visualize the API lifecycle across a diverse API toolbox. I am talking to anyone and everyone I possibly can when it comes getting their take on what the API lifecycle is, and what are the ways in which we can make more visible and tangible. []
The Business of APIs
The Strategic Advantages of APIs for SEO
APIs are the greatest open secret in SEO! They allow us to broaden the scope of possibilities by easily accessing data from different sources or providing it to various tools. SEO professionals of varying technical abilities often use APIs to enrich strategic reporting, uncover insights, or even reduce errors and decrease implementation time by automating workflows. []

Why APIs are a storytelling technology
Rich Gall and Jennifer Riggins talk to Mark Boyd, founder of Platformable, an organization that helps governments and businesses  develop tools and ecosystems that encourage participation. Mark talks about Platformable, explaining why it exists and how it works. He highlights some of the obstacles to building open ecosystems, and why he believes so passionately in their ability to engage people. []

Oracle Opens Hospitality API Specifications to Help Industry Recover
AUSTIN, Texas, March 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The pandemic underscored the need for hospitality providers to have flexible systems that can be adapted quickly to exceed changing guest expectations. Making it easier for partners to adapt and innovate, Oracle has made the REST API specifications in the Oracle Hospitality Integration Platform (OHIP) freely accessible through GitHub under the Universal Permissive License ( UPL) model. by Oracle []

API-First Companies: The Next Generation
When talking about API-first companies, or the idea of API-as-a-product, it's difficult not to keep harping on about Twilio. Used by more than 172,000 companies and with hundreds of millions of dollars raised in funding, Twilio is a juggernaut among API companies. []

Cloudflare's New API Abuse Detection Services Validate Usage Via Intent
​Cloudflare announced a set of new services that are intended to bolster application security by limiting API abuse. The new API Discovery and API Abuse Detection tools are designed to provide critical context for application security issues that are often handled through overly simplistic measures. []

(Un)Related Topics
Why experienced developers are worth the money
"Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted ." ― Randy Pausch Development experienced is earned the hard way by trying, failing and trying again until you get it right. Developing isn't easy and anyone who says it is will soon be humbled by the process. by Ben Hosking []

DevOps is Not Enough for Scaling and Evolving Tech-Driven Organizations, a Q&A with Eduardo da Silva
Organizations are continuously changing and evolving (contrary to many mainstream models that target static structures). Evolution may be triggered by different aspects, external such as customers and market, but also internal such as the organization structure or technical architecture. []

Why Some Software Architects Are Unhappy at Work
We can divide an IT architect's activities into Creating, Controlling, Facilitating, and Networking. The Creating and Controlling activities align with people who love to create. Facilitating and Networking are activities that align more with people who love to organize. Let's look at what these activities entail for an IT architect. by Patrick Kalkman []

Useful Resources
Upcoming Net API Events
A list of upcoming Net API Events, maintained by Matthew Reinbold

API Security Events
A list of upcoming API security events from

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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