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API Developer Weekly

November 24, 2016 - Issue #138
Happy Thanksgiving to those celebrating this week. Hopefully this holiday edition will give you something to do between eating and spending time with family. May you and your family have a safe and fun time together. 

-- James


Hot Topics
Leverage Public APIs to Make Your System Better
[Editor's Note: This was meant for last week, but the link was incorrect]
The software world has moved in many ways towards the idea of modularity rather than the archetypal monolith - services and systems are continually developed in chunks rather than as a single system. by Kristopher Sandoval [nordicapis.com]

Webhooks do's and dont's: what we learned after integrating +100 APIs
As modern applications are becoming more and more a composite of APIs and the serverless architectures are getting more attention, API providers can't afford any longer to expose only traditional REST endpoints. Traditional REST API are designed for when you want to allow a programmatical retrieve or post content, far from being optimal when you just want your application to be told when something changed. by Giuliano Iacobelli [restful.io]

API Best Practices: Support
Supporting your API community may seem obvious, but this is one of the most common elements missing from API providers. Support isn't easy, and it takes having knowledge about an API, as well as a desire to actually engage with developers. by Kin Lane [blog.hitchhq.com]

Developing an API Strategy for 2017 (API Strat Boston 2016)
Shortly before API Strat, I have participated to an API experts panel on Developing an API Strategy for 2017 organized by Smartbear with Laura Heritage, Matt Bernier, Ole Lensmar and Tony Tam hosted by John Purcell. Smartbear blog posts: Here's the panel video: [apihandyman.io]

Why Do Microservices Need an API Gateway?
With the growth of API-centric IT initiatives, API gateways and management layers are common place. Should we consider an API gateway for microservices? [dzone.com]

API Style Guides Fireside Chat with Ronnie Mitra (API Days London 2016)
API Days London 2016, take 2! I was very happy when Ronnie Mitra (@mitraman) from the API Academy invited me to do a fireside chat on API Style Guides at API Days London. Here's the video: [apihandyman.io]

How to Build an RSS-to-email Alert Mashup with the Webhose.io API and MailChimp
This tutorial shows you how to create a free email alert feed using the Webhose.io API and MailChimp. We'll start with a basic query to monitor content mentioning Donald Trump. Then we'll add some filtering parameters to the API query and show how to plug the API URL into a MailChimp RSS campaign. [programmableweb.com]

Improve Documentation by Automating Spelling and Grammar Checks
What's one of the first things you look at when trying a new piece of software? Or after you've hit that tempting Download button, what's your usual next step? I will take a bet that for at least 70 percent of you, it's the documentation that you check out next. by Chris Ward [blog.codeship.com]

How the Amazon SQS FIFO API Works
In most apps, this should be a complete nonissue, but it can happen. Consider a mobile app that's running on a device in a car. You send a message and SQS gets it, but before you get the acknowledgment, you go into a coverage-free area and lose signal for ten minutes. [aws.amazon.com]

My Live Blog of the 10th Annual Defrag Conference... - Graeme Thickins on Tech
Once again, I live-blogged the Defrag Conference in Denver. This is the tenth year of this great annual tech event, and I've attended them all. The original idea was to get together to defrag our brains and stop to think about where technology is headed - what's coming next. by Graeme [graemethickinsontech.com]

API blogs, API Newsletters and API-oriented-Slack-groups to follow
A useful collection of API blogs to follow, API newsletters and API Slack groups. by APIdays [medium.com]

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

The Business of APIs
Announcing Hitch API assistant - your automated API support
Today at API Days Barcelona we were delighted to announce the latest big step for Hitch on its mission to connect APIs with vibrant developer communities: the Hitch API Assistant. Hitch API Assistant is a chat bot that allows your users to navigate your API documentation, reference, changelog, and all of your support content in a conversational manner. by Luke Miller [blog.hitchhq.com]

API documentation: every Restlet Studio API just got some.
For some time now, you have been asking for a way to share a read-only view of your API design with others involved in your API project. From now on, every Restlet Studio API will have an associated API documentation. Just open the new API settings page, click publish, and you're good to go. by Jonathan Michaux [restlet.com]

Patient data API pivotal to DeepMind's push into UK's NHS
DeepMind Health's inaugural collaboration with the UK's National Health Service (NHS), initially focused on building an app for helping early detection of Acute Kidney Injury (AKI), was relaunched earlier today - under a new information-sharing agreement with the Royal Free NHS Trust, and a broader scope for the collaboration. by Natasha Lomas [techcrunch.com]
 
(Un)Related Topics
Why Chatbots Will Soon Kill the App Store
"Conversation is the command line of tomorrow," so asserted Daniel Harvey, experience design director at the SapientNitro marketing agency, speaking at the Interact UK conference earlier this month. The command-line interface (CLI) dates back to the 1960s and has long offered us an efficient way to have computers do our bidding, as long as the right syntax and grammar ... by Jennifer Riggins, Kiran "CK" Oliver, David Cassel [thenewstack.io]

What I Wish I Had Known Before Scaling Uber to 1000 Services
This presentation was recorded at GOTO Chicago 2016 http://gotochgo.com Matt Ranney - Chief Systems Architect at Uber, Co-founder of Voxer ABSTRACT To Keep up with Uber's growth, we've embraced microservices in a big way. This has led to an explosion of new services, crossing over 1,000 production services in early March 2016. by GOTO Conferences [youtube.com]

Modular monoliths by Simon Brown
If you want evidence that the software development industry is susceptible to fashion, just go and take a look at all of the hype around microservices. It's everywhere! For some people microservices is "the next big thing", whereas for others it's simply a lightweight evolution of the big service-oriented architectures that we saw 10 years ago "done right". by Devoxx [youtube.com]

Software Development: It's Not Like Construction!
"It's All About Software Development" is a series of posts exploring why organizations should care about optimizing for effective software development. What does effective software development look like? How can organizations move from their (mostly) pretty ineffective software development to effective software development without magic? Read on... by Joe Emison, Michael Cote, Scott M. Fulton III [thenewstack.io]
 
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