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API Developer Weekly

July 8, 2021 - Issue #365
This week, we have a great article that outlines what differentiates an average developer portal from a great one. We also have a discussion on the differences between Center of Excellence (CoE) and Center for Enablement (C4E), slides from Mike Amundsen's recent talk about the future of APIs, and a book review for Adam DuVander's "Developer Marketing Does Not Exist". Finally, there is an interesting podcast interview about the origins of SQLite. 

Happy Reading!
-- James

 
Hot Topics
What Makes a Great Developer Portal?
Remember these elements when creating your APIs [stoplight.io]

Center of Excellence (CoE) vs. Center of Enablement (C4E)
The modern IT and business environment utilizes standard terminology to express intent and purpose. Two common terms used when discussing business-logic-driven development are Center of Excellence and Center for Enablement. But what do these terms actually mean? Are they just marketing jargon? And more specifically, which strategy is best suited for driving digital innovation? [nordicapis.com]

APIs of the Future : Are You Ready?
In this talk, Mike Amundsen spins a story that describes what APIs may look like in the not too distant future. How will we discover the API we need? What will the API documentation and description look like? What will it be like to "program" APIs in the future? [mamund.site44.com]

Book Review: Developer Marketing Does Not Exist
There's no shortage of opinions in the API space, and the tech space more generally, that raise eyebrows when you see them written down or hear them said aloud. The title of Adam DuVander's new book, Developer Marketing Does Not Exist, definitely falls into that category. [nordicapis.com]

Weav Co-Founder Discusses the Challenges of Developing a Universal API for Commerce Platforms
Weav, an API-first fintech infrastructure company, has set out to provide a universal API for commerce platforms and therein simplify the process of extracting valuable e-commerce business data. ProgrammableWeb spoke with Nadav Lidor to discuss Weav's mission and the challenges it has faced. [programmableweb.com]

Automate all the things (like Cloudflare cache purge) with Github actions, Postman and APIs
What if I tell you can run Postman collection inside Github Actions and so easily automate all the things as long as they provide APIs? Sounds interesting right? So let me show you how I migrated my Jekyll blog publication workflow to Github Actions and how I used Postman collection to clear my Cloudflare cache. by Arnaud Lauret [apihandyman.io]
 
The Business of APIs
Filebase's S3-Compatible API Aims to Ease Decentralized Storage - The New Stack
When , the decentralized cloud object storage company, first appeared on the scene in 2019 calling itself an "AirBnB for disk drives," the decentralized storage space was still rather nascent. Today, there are a handful more companies that have entered the space, but mainstream adoption still lags. by Mike Melanson, B. Cameron Gain [thenewstack.io]

(Un)Related
The Untold Story of SQLite - CoRecursive Podcast
On today's show, I'm talking to Richard Hipp about surviving becoming core infrastructure for the world. SQLite is everywhere. It's in your web browser, it's in your phone, it's probably in your car, and it's definitely in commercial planes. It's where your iMessages and WhatsApp messages are stored, and if you do a find on your computer for *.db, you'll... by Adam Gordon Bell [corecursive.com]

Turn a Pandas DataFrame into an API
Pandas DataFrames are my favorite way to manipulate data in Python. In fact, the end product of many of my small analytics projects is just a dataframe containing my results. I used to dump my dataframes to CSV files and save them to Github. by Eric Green [towardsdatascience.com]

Sir Tim Berners-Lee's Solid Protocol Returns Data to the User
When physicist Sir Tim Berners-Lee was developing what we know today as the World Wide Web, he was looking to overcome collaboration hurdles: "Inefficiency through incompatibility and lack of interoperability." As he said during his keynote at this year's virtual WeAreDevelopers World Congress, he looked at the internet as an opportunity for "global, distributed creativity"... by Jennifer Riggins, Susan Hall, Richard MacManus [thenewstack.io]

Latest Insomnia Release Changelog
Based on user feedback, usage observations, and internal discussion, we've merged Insomnia Designer and Insomnia Core. Following the Insomnia 2021.1 release there will no longer be an Insomnia Core or Insomnia Designer, only Insomnia. When you start Insomnia users will be presented with the Dashboard, a new way to manage Design Documents and Request Collections (previously named workspaces). [insomnia.rest]

Useful Resources
 
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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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