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API Developer Weekly

Feb 3, 2022 - Issue #392
We start off this week's issue with a summary of Werner Vogel's 6 API Design Best Practices, followed by a look at when to design your private APIs as if they were public APIs. We also have a great report from Cloudflare on the Landscape of API Traffic and some recent interviews including my interview with Vaughn Vernon on his new book, "Strategic Monoliths & Microservices". Finally, we have a thoughtful post from The API Handyman on what to consider when building an API sandbox. Finally, if you have an executive that needs a quick intro to how APIs work, CIO Insight has a nice article for you. 

Happy Reading!
-- James

 
Hot Topics
AWS CTO Werner Vogels' 6 API Design Best Practices
Amazon Web Services (AWS) remains the dominant cloud-computing platform in 2021 - single-handedly capturing 32% of the overall cloud market. That rise to prominence has been no accident. AWS adoption and integration have relied upon the proliferation of APIs, which have unlocked access to the platform's core features through the years. [nordicapis.com]

Design your private APIs as if...
An API can be implemented for private or public use. The consumers can be internal or external to your company (partners or even unknown if your API is open). In all cases your API resource description must easy to understand by everyone. To reach this goal, there's a set of principles to respect during API design. by Saber OMRANI [medium.com]

Landscape of API Traffic
This blog provides an overview of how Internet traffic is evolving as Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) have taken the centre stage among the communication technologies. [blog.cloudflare.com]

Strategic Monoliths & Microservices * Vaughn Vernon & James Higginbotham * GOTO 2022
Microservices have become more than a buzzword and are now viable alternatives to monoliths, which makes understanding why and how they should be used more i... [gotopia.tech]

JSON Schema in 5 minutes | JSON Schema Blog
Everyone needs good fundamentals, and understanding the basics of JSON Schema changes how you read, reason, and develop Schemas. by JSON Schema [json-schema.org]

API Reviews: Scaling up API Governance
API reviews are an important aspect of scaling up an API program. The main idea is that they allow to collect feedback from API teams, while also making sure... [youtube.com]

What to consider when building an API sandbox
Used through the "try it" feature of an API's documentation or directly called by a consumer application, an API sandbox is a great way to let developers play with an API and learn how it works without giving them access to the actual production environment. But what is an "API sandbox" actually? by Arnaud Lauret [apihandyman.io]

A Beginners Guide to RESTful APIs in Node.js
A REST (Representational State Transfer) API-sometimes referred to as a RESTful AP-is an API that uses HTTP requests to access and use resources. These resources are often represented in JSON format though on some occasions XML, text, and HTML format are used. [makeuseof.com]

How to Consume APIs in React Using Fetch and Axios
An API (Application Programming Interface) is a set of protocols that allows an application to send requests to a server and receive a response. Through APIs, you are able to integrate pieces of software into your application without the nitty-gritty work. This process of using an API in your application is generally referred to as consuming an API. [makeuseof.com]
 
The Business of APIs
2022 API Governance Survey
I am excited to announce the 2022 API Governance Survey. The survey will allow the API community better understand API governance practices in use across various organisations. My goal is to help teams benchmark their API governance practices against the industry and rank themselves in the following categories: One of the bestBetter than mostBetter than... [ikenna.co.uk]

Centro Launches Group Insurance API
Centro today announced a launch with the Guardian Life Insurance Company of America of the first broker-carrier comprehensive Group Insurance API connection. This API powers digital connectivity between traditional brokers and carriers for the benefit of employers and employees they serve. [programmableweb.com]

LiveCast: Treating APIs as Products
Become a part of the world's largest community of API practitioners and enthusiasts. Share your insights on the blog, speak at an event or exhibit at our conferences and create new business relationships with decision makers and top influencers responsible for API solutions. [nordicapis.com]

How Do APIs Work? | CIO Insight
Whether you know it or not, almost every app you use is built on a variety of different application programming interfaces, or APIs, exposing their unique features to users and other developers through consistent platforms. An API is a great way to quickly exchange data between two or more applications or websites. [cioinsight.com]
 
(Un)Related
Designing Uber - High Scalability
Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at 9:11AM This is a guest post by Ankit Sirmorya. Ankit is working as a Machine Learning Lead/Sr. Machine Learning Engineer at Amazon and has led several machine-learning initiatives across the Amazon ecosystem. Ankit has been working on applying machine learning to solve ambiguous business problems and improve customer experience. [highscalability.com]

Kusk Gateway Alpha 2 Release - OpenAPI Driven Kubernetes Gateway - Kubeshop
Kusk Gateway v0.0.0.alpha.2 was released today with lots of enhancements, new features and bug fixes. For the unfamiliar, Kusk Gateway is an OpenAPI driven open-source Kubernetes-based Gateway brought to you by Kubeshop, a K8s Accelerator-Incubator. [kubeshop.io]

Can You GitOps Your APIs?
The management of large-scale infrastructure is increasingly turning toward GitOps and Infrastructure as Code. In the classic pets-vs.-cattle analogy (sorry to the vegans), these techniques allow you to easily replicate and replace infrastructure when things go wrong, dramatically reducing the cost and complexity of management. In addition, they become a single source of truth to... by Ole Lensmar, B. Cameron Gain, Chris Tozzi [thenewstack.io]
 
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 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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