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Some Of The Best Discoveries Can Be Found Amongst Twitter Followers

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I spend a lot of time each week reading the blog feeds, and twitter streams from the best API providers in the space. In my opinion this represents the lowest hanging fruit in my API monitoring, where the stories just land in my lap, delivered to me by my feeds—then once I've picked all this fruit, I find myself looking through the Twitter followers of many of these APIs. The Twitter followers can contain some really interesting gems from across the API sector that I wouldn't find through my normal channels. By manually browsing the Twitter followers for APIs I’m......read more.



Last Chance To Register For Workshops At #APIStrat in Amsterdam

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The first day at API Strategy & Practice is always workshops that expose you the world of APIs, and #APIStrat in Amsterdam next week is no different. We had four workshops, but successful development and deployment best practices to secure, monitor and manage APIs, by Isabelle Mauny, Director of Product Management at WSO2 is already sold out. That leaves us with three workshops currently available: API-First Development with RAML from Daniel Feist, Architect @ Mulesoft Introduction to APIs from Kirsten Hunter and D. Keith Casey CitySDK APIs Boosting Civic App Development from Hanna Niemi-Hugaerts, Project Manager at Helsinki, Forum Virium......read more.



API Inception Getting Twitter Data Via Gnip Through New Brandwatch API

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Content and data aggregation provider Gnip just announced a new API from their “Plugged In Partner” Brandwatch, who launched the Brandwatch API, giving developers access to social data, filtered through their a brand lens, so they can build custom tools, visualizations and other apps around Twitter data. The Brandwatch API itself isn't that groundbreaking, there are plenty of other social analysis APIs offering similar features, but the fact that it was an API built on top of Gnip, one of the only approved Twitter firehose providers remaining, I found to be interesting. Gnip is trusted Twitter provider, with firehose access......read more.



Adding API Rating Agency To Discovery Stack

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I’m adding the API Rating Agency to my stack of companies who deliver in the area of API discovery. The API Rating Agency helps API consumers understand each API provider on a whole list of metrics, ranging from terms of service to platform uptime. Rating of APIs has been a nut I’ve been trying to crack for a couple years now, resulting in a ranking system that is more human, than algorithm—so I know how hard it is to go through hundreds of APIs, and develop some sort of coherent ranking system. The API Rating Agency is a work in......read more.



Strandbeest, APIs And Orchestrating The API Economy

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I'm going through the schedule for API Strategy & Practice next week in Amsterdam, getting intimate with each keynote, panel, and session, and their speakers. On day one we have a keynote from Mike Amundsen (@mamund), API Architect at Layer7 titled, "Self-Replication, Strandbeest, and the Game of Life What von Neumann, Jansen, and Conway can teach us about scaling the API economy”. I have not seen this talk by Mike, so I have no idea what he is planning, but I have to share an epiphany I had when I first contacted Mike about speaking at #APIStrat Amsterdam. Mike had......read more.



Building More Metrics Into Your API Branding Strategy To Quantify Your Reach

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I use both Bitly and Google shortened URLs to track activity across my networks. I don’t just track click throughs, I also track image impressions for many of my projects and partners. This usage of shortened URLs lets me quantity the scope of my network, and understand interest across the network in the form of impression and click-throughs. After talking with Plot.ly about their embed strategy for API driven data visualizations, the topic of a sensible API branding has floated to the top of my story list again. I consider an APIs branding strategy to be an important building block......read more.



API Discovery and Trust At #APIStrat in Amsterdam Next Week

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I'm continuing my journey through the session line-up at API Strategy & Practice next week in Amsterdam, next up is the API discovery and trust session, where the conversation will be about API directories, service descriptions and of trust and rating systems for APIs. Speakers for the API discovery and trust session are: Bruno Pedro (@bpedro), CTO at CloudWork Jonathan Bourguignon (@jon_bou), Co-founder at Reelstorm and APIRatings.org Rix Groenboom (@rix_groenboom), Solution Architect at Parasoft Stefan Rust (@srust99), Founder & CEO at Exicon It will be tough to decide between the API design and development and this one in the first......read more.



Politics of APIs

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In preparation for a fireside chat with Tyler Singletary at API Strategy & Practice next week I’m reviewing many of what I consider the political API building blocks, and reading some of my past stories to refresh my thoughts on the most pressing topics in the space. The technical building blocks of APIs are pretty clear at this point, and the business of APIs has been being hammered out over the last five or so years, by API infrastructure providers like 3Scale, but the politics of APIs are an aspect of the API economy we are going to see become......read more.



Main Stage Conversations At #APIStrat Next Week in Amsterdam

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We are getting close to the API Strategy & Practice conference in Amsterdam next week. With less than one week left, I’m going to be really turning up the volume on API Evangelist about the conversations that will be going on at #APIStrat. Last week I took a look at the 15 sessions that are happening, and today I’m taking a look at the keynotes, chats and panels that will be happening on main stage. Thursday March 27th Keynote: Ken Wronkiewicz (@wirehead),Technical Leader at Rackspace, Open Stack. Keynote: Romain Huet (@romainhuet), Developer Advocate at Twitter, Connecting to the pulse of......read more.



Job Postings Provide View Into Internal API Efforts

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The API space has been pretty easy to monitor until recently, with most API efforts being public, but lately everything is trending is towards internal APIs, making it a lot harder to track on what some companies are up. I’m always on the hunt for new signals I can use to track on what companies are up to when it comes to their API strategy. A signal I’ve been using for a while, but is an increasingly important part of my monitoring, is the job posting for API architect, developer and evangelists. An example of this is the posting for......read more.



Its Not Just About Doing APIs, Its About Having Conversation About APIs

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Its always funny to come across the hyperbolic folks that exist in technology, that blindly believe that technology will save us. I seem to get attract a lot of these people with my API Evangelism (its the name), which on the surface I can imagine seems like I'm advocating use of APIS BY EVERYONE, in ALL SITUATIONS--when in reality, this is furthest from the case. At API Evangelist, I focus on having conversations about APIs in all situations, but not necessarily the deployment or consumption of APIs. I don't think APIs by themselves are a solution. I think APIs employed......read more.



I Always Want To See the Data Behind, And So Does Plot.ly

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I don’t have a love of infographics, mostly because they more graphic, than info, and I’ve stated before that all infographics should have the data behind them. I’ve been working with data of over 20 years, I thoroughly believe in its importance when used right, but it seriously pisses me off when it is distorted in support of any argument—whether I agree with the argument or not. This sentiment is shared by a startup I was introduced this last week, called Plot.ly. I had a great conversation Nolan Browne the co-founder & chief business officer at Plot.ly, and he conveyed......read more.



API Service Accord

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Building off a conversation I had with a fellow evangelist in the federal government today, regarding API service level agreements (SLA), I wanted to talk through some thoughts I’m having about a couple of key API building blocks. Reflecting what I see across the API space, API terms of service (TOS) are the legal agreement that API consumers agree to before using an API resource. API best practices, tends to reflect what the API TOS lays out, but are delivered in plain english, avoiding the legalese of the standard TOS. When these two building blocks (terms of service, best practices)......read more.



The Power Of Designing And Deploying API Driven Resources In Containers

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One of the transformative experiences of my career was when I worked for SAP, running SAP events as VP of Engineering at WebEvents Global. When I started, I was handed an architecture that was completely hosted in a hostage colocation facility, where I had no support. Long story short is, I was able to redefine my architecture using an API-centric approach, coupled with AWS EC2 and S3 APIs, I re-deployed infrastructure piece by piece into the cloud, exiting my restrictive environment, but then also giving me a newfound agility, and the ability to scale in new an exciting ways, that......read more.



The 15 Sessions At API Strategy And Practice in Amsterdam

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I am getting psyched going through the schedule lineup of 15 sessions at API Strategy & Practice in Amsterdam. In planning the session outline, Steve, Vanessa and I listened to what the #APIStrat audience asked for after New York and San Francisco, which was more of the deep technical, as well as a balance of the business and politics of APIs. I think our lineup delivers on this, which we've broken up into three tracks: API Provider Design and Development Service Descriptions Hypermedia APIs API Marketing & Developer Communities Hardware and Internet of Things (IOT) API By Industry Media, Music......read more.



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