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Also, be sure to check out James's and Keith's new book A Practical Approach to API Design on Leanpub. On to the links!
"We started Yo’ed, a hub entirely written with Golang, which triggers actions when someone Yo’ed an account. While playing around with the API, we also wondered why we were attracted to it in the first place. Having a closer look, we discovered that it has great lessons to teach us!"
"API Changelog provides up-to-the-minute tracking of APIs to ensure that API developer-consumers are alerted to any upgrades or changes to endpoints. Changes to an API can create business risks as the end customer’s experience may be affected if an API being used in an application or aggregation product suddenly becomes inaccessible."
"Microsoft added Event Hubs to its portfolio of messaging services called the Azure Service Bus. Event Hubs is similar to Service Bus Queues and Topics in that it supports first-in-first-out messaging, competing consumer scenarios, and data retention policies. Its client-side cursor, partitioned consumer support, and significant time-based retention options are unique with the Microsoft portfolio."
How the API definition, terms of service, and other aspects of an API combine to create a complete API contract and how a machine readable version of this contract is important to provide assurances to API consumers.
Mike Amundsen's recent presentation on how to build APIs that are reusable and more machine readable.
"Security researcher Stephen Sclafani discovered a massive API-based security vulnerability at Facebook. Facebook's security mistake is one from which all API developers can learn. Most Facebook users were vulnerable to spying, spamming and hacking because of lax security on an old API."
The Business of APIs
A look at the recent API momentum in the transportation and logistics sector.
"What was really interesting was how this was truly a, “World Cup powered by APIs.” World Cup organizer FIFA has stated that more than a billion fans worldwide accessed information about the tournament through its digital platforms."
"Get ready to see Yelp reviews all over the web. The local business discovery and review site recently announced a revamped API, which increases the number of calls a third-party app can make to Yelp’s data to 25,000 calls per day, compared to an earlier 100 call limit."
"We are currently seeing a significant amount of discussion about building hypermedia APIs. However, the server side only plays part of the role in a hypermedia driven system. To take full advantage of the benefits of hypermedia, the client must allow the server to take the lead and drive the state of the client. As I like to say, it takes two to Tango."
A video presentation from Adrian Cockcroft on the strategies, patterns and pathways to perform a gradual migration from monolithic applications towards cloud-based REST microservices.
A look at the APISpark platform and how to build your first web API in 15 minutes or less.
"CORS being enabled, is the difference between an API being portable, and remix-able, and it being locked down to its original developer portal."
Cloud Watch (from Cloud Developer Weekly Newsletter)
"Five billion dollars. That’s how much Amazon.com (AMZN) will rake in from its cloud computing business this year, according to a new estimate from Pacific Crest Securities. If true, it’s an incredible figure. It would mean that Amazon’s cloud revenue shot up 58 percent in a single year, from $3.1 billion in 2013."
"Facing off against cloud giants AWS, Microsoft and Google, Rackspace regroups in a way it hopes will show off its service and support advantages."
"As a Solutions Engineer at Docker Inc., I’ve been able to accumulate all sorts of good Docker tips and tricks. The sheer quantity of information available in the community is pretty overwhelming, and there are a lot of good tips and tricks that can make your workflow easier (or provide a little fun) which you could easily miss."
A nice diagram posted to Twitter show when various bash init scripts run.
"While we’ve never heard of a security breach inside of AWS itself, there have been numerous incidents of Amazon accounts getting illegally accessed and damaged. When thinking about application and hosting security, it’s important to frame the questions in the right light. Specifically, always use the word when."
"Condé Nast's CTO says the media company is no longer in the business of maintaining a data center. It has gone 'all-in' on the cloud with Amazon Web Services."