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Showcasing Your API Integrations With Other Platforms

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I saw two tweets from Zapier the other day, where they were highlighting two separate SaaS platforms, who had integrated Zapier into their own platform. Both Gumroad and Hall took the time to highlight the other platforms they are integrated with. I think there are a couple of interesting items in these stories… Zapier & IFTTT Integration A while back I added reciprocity to this list of API management building blocks, because I was seeing enough API providers, taking it upon themselves to make sure their platform had both Zapier and IFTTT integration. Ensuring your API is working with leading......read more.



Increasing The Focus On APIs In Higher Education Is Important

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Maybe I’m a little biased at the moment, after participating in a Reclaim Your Domain hackathon with some really smart folks from multiple universities, as well as working on my first white paper on APIs in higher education, but I feel pretty strongly that higher education institutions focusing on APIs will extremely important in the next two years. I’m constantly working to understand the big picture of the emerging API economy, the importance of the government API development phase, and working to understand what is next for the US government API strategy, while also acknowledging we need the enterprise to......read more.



Getting To Know Mike Amundsen For The API Craft 2014 Detroit Hypermedia Panel

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I'm preparing for my hypermedia panel with Mike Amundsen (@mamund), Mike Kelly (@mikekelly85), Steve Klabnik (@steveklabnik), Kevin Swiber (@kevinswiber), Jørn Wildt (@JornWildt), and Markus Lanthaler (@MarkusLanthaler), at API Craft Detroit next week. I wanted to go into the panel with a snapshot, and at least a minimal understanding of each of the panelists. This is kind of an all-star panel of hypermedia experts, so I need to at least bump up my understanding of what they are contributing to the API space, and who they are, beyond what I know from my own interactions with these API leaders. As I......read more.



The New StrongLoop API Server Provides A Look At Future Of API Deployment

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I’m looking through the most recent API server release from StrongLoop, and I can’t help but see echoes of what I’ve been researching, and covering across the API Evangelist network. API management has been front and center for years, but API deployment is something that is just now being productized, with a wealth of new service providers emerging to provide API deployment solutions that go beyond DIY frameworks, and enterprise API gateways. Let start with walking through their announcement of their StrongLoop API Server: LoopBack 2.0 - An open source framework for quickly creating APIs with Node, including the client SDKs.......read more.



Models For API Driven Startups Built Around Public Data

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I had a conversation with a VC today who looking for some information on startups, who had APIs, and had built their company around public data. The two companies that were referenced in the original contact email, were companies like Eligible API, and Clever API. Two similar, yet very different approaches to aggregating public and data, into a viable startup—one thing to note, is Clever used to aggregate data from school districts, but now just provides login services. During our conversation, we talked about the world of APIs, open data, both government and across the private sector. I spent 30......read more.



Will You Add Me To API Evangelist And How To Spot The Cool Kids

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In the API space it is easy to recognize the cool kids, the ones that are in the know. These types of personalities just understand how to get things done, don't take no for an answer, and understand the DIY, self-service nature of APIs. I get a lot of folks who ask me to add them to my API Management provider section, or my API Integration area. I always add these people to my Evernote queue, and when I get time I go through and profile them, I add them to my master CRM, and when I publish the latest......read more.



When I Remix APIs Using Swagger How Do I Deal With Authentication Across Multiple APIs

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One of the things I’m loving about where the API space is going, is the simplicity, and remixability of available API resources, when they are defined with machine readable API definitions like Swagger. An example of this, can be found in my recent work to make federal government APIs more discoverable. I generated machine readable API definitions using Swagger, for four separate APIs out of the GSA. The APIs were spread across two separate domains: usa.gov & explore.data.gov. You can follow the details of research, at each of the project repositories, but as I continue with my work, I keep thinking about the......read more.



It Takes A Team Of Evangelists To Raise An API

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There are a lot of lessons to be learned from the leaders of the API space, pioneers like Amazon, Twilio and SendGrid, when it comes to running our own API programs. Fortunately for the community, most of the leading API providers are willing to share their experience and wisdom with us, such as SendGrid, with their latest series Tips and Tricks for a Beginner Developer Evangelist. The blog series delivers some great API evangelism wisdom, from the mouths of evangelists, who are in the trenches, getting the word out about the email API platform, and supporting its large ecosystem of......read more.



Support For Only Two Creative Commons Licenses In The API Commons

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When we first conceived API Commons, we were a little fuzzy about which of Creative Commons licenses API providers should apply to their API definitions. As long as a provider took a stance on API copyright around your API definitions, applied a Creative Commons license, we considered an API “in the commons”. As time has evolved, and we've had time to reflect on the decision that the Federal Circuit Court handed down in the Oracle v Google case, we've adjusted our vision of what Creative Commons licenses should  be applied to an API, and still be considered as part of......read more.



Machine Readable Terms of Service Didn't Read Applied To APIs Via APIs.json

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I’ve long been fascinated by the Terms of Service Didn’t Read project. i’m on the mailing list, and try to make time to stay in tune, but have yet to ever contribute any bandwidth to the EXTREMELY important project, around making sense of the crazy terms of services (TOS), that we agree to in our daily lives. I finally found myself at a point where I'm forced to start paying more attention to API terms of service, and hopefully will be able to slice off a little bit of dedicated bandwidth to Terms of Service; Didn’t Read. I have two......read more.



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