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Containers Will Do for APIs what APIs Do For Companies

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I was just having another conversation about virtualized cloud containers like Docker.io, and the approaches from leading cloud providers like Amazon with Cloud Formations, and RedHat with OpenShift. This is a subject that seems to be coming up more and more, and is definitely something you’ll see more of on API Evangelist, as well as being discussed at future API Strategy & Practice and API Days. John Sheehan (@johnsheehan) of Runscope put it best, a couple weeks back during a similar conversation: @kinlane containers will do for APIs what APIs do for companies. — John Sheehan (@johnsheehan) March 13, 2014 Virtual......read more.



API Definitions: How Do They Model REST?

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Last week at #APIStrat Amsterdam, I moderated, and presented in a session that was called API service descriptions. I gave the talk for the first 15 minutes, then Sumit Sharma (@sumitcan), Ole Lensmar (@olensmar), and Ruben Verborgh (@RubenVerborgh) followed me-- the full video is on Youtube if you are interested. Over the last couple months I've been doing a deeper dive into the area of API design, with a specific look at API definition formats from API Blueprint, RAML and Swagger, so the session was intended to help me continue the conversation, in person, on the stage at #APIStrat Amsterdam.......read more.



Adding Evercam.io To The API Commons

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The Internet of things (Iot), and security camera API platform evercam.io has submitted the API definition for their camera API to the API Commons. I’ve been impressed with the amount of leadership that is coming out of this new startup in a potentially very political, and inevitable aspect of the API economy—cameras. Marco Herbst (@marcoherbst) of evercam.io approached me during #APIStrat in Amsterdam and expressed interest in submitting their Swagger API definition into the commons, and this last weekend we created the API Commons manifest and published to the commons. When I spoke with Marco several months ago about API......read more.



Twitter API Is Gateway Drug For Internet Of Things

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Last week at #APIStrat in Amsterdam, I had the pleasure of watching a keynote by Romain Huet (@romainhuet), Developer Advocate at Twitter, aptly titled “connecting to the pulse of the planet”. I’ve had the pleasure of watching Romain give this talk twice now, and he really delivers—you can watch the whole video on Youtube. Romain used Twitter as a conduit for not just one, but two live Internet of things (Iot) demos. First he took a live selfie of him and the audience with a Raspberry Pi camera he had developed, and second he made a drone take off on......read more.



Taking A Quick Look At The Leading API Partner Programs

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I’ve seen a wave of blog posts about additions to the developer and partner programs, of some of the leading APIs in the industry, making me think its time for some more research into the area. Partner programs come in several shapes and sizes, and go by different names, and are something I would like to understand better. I have several Evernote folders full of research on API partner programs, now I just need to polish it and publish it here on the blog, and possibly give it its own research repository on Github. Many companies consider their API partner......read more.



API Definitions: What Is Behind The Name?

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Last week at #APIStrat Amsterdam, I moderated, and presented in a session that was called API service descriptions. I gave the talk for the first 15 minutes, then Sumit Sharma (@sumitcan), Ole Lensmar (@olensmar), and Ruben Verborgh (@RubenVerborgh) followed me-- the full video is on Youtube if you are interested. Over the last couple months I've been doing a deeper dive into the area of API design, with a specific look at API definition formats from API Blueprint, RAML and Swagger, so the session was intended to help me continue the conversation, in person, on the stage at #APIStrat Amsterdam.......read more.



50 Building Blocks Of The API Economy

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I spend a lot of time looking through the websites of API companies, trying to understand not just the way they do business, but their role in their overall industry, or possibly how they influence other industries. I have been spending more time looking through the payment API space lately, and recently pulled together a list of key players in this space, as well as the common building blocks being used across the sector. Much like other significant areas of APIs like cloud computing, messaging, geo, and social, I can’t help but consider the impact these payment APIs will have......read more.



3Scale Moves Into API Integration Space With APITools

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API Infrastructure provider 3Scale has moved beyond just API management, with a launch of a new API integration service called APITools. 3Scale, one of the original API management providers, is moving out of just providing tools for API providers, and now targeting developers who are depending on API services for their web and mobile applications—catering to both sides of the API infrastructure coin. As developers depend on more API driven resources for their web and applications, the need to be in tune with the inner workings of an API is increasing. We don't just need access to the results of......read more.



Visualizing The Value Your API Delivers

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I was reading the news about "BandPage raising $9.25M to help musicians reach and monetize billions of fans worldwide" today, which in itself isn't all that exciting. Sorry, while VC investment in companies that have APIs is a relevant data point, I just don't think its newsworthy enough to warrant its own blog post, usually just a tweet. One thing that I did find interesting in this post, was the image depicting the distribution via the BandPages platform: This image provides a very simple and clear way to articulate the value delivered via an API driven platform--showing users what BandPages......read more.



Should Government Provide Download Or API Of Government Data Resources?

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I just got an email from an open data, API evangelist, working on a "New Zealand cross government program that is set up to deliver better public services for businesses and providing more and better APIs is a core vehicle that we have identified for that”, who asked a question I see a lot, and thought I should do another post on: Should government provide the full download of datasets or encourage API access of data assets? The answer is both, but only if you have the resources to properly design, deploy, manage and evangelize the APIs, and you should......read more.



Last Weeks API Strategy And Practice in Amsterdam (#APIStratAMS)

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I am back in Los Angeles, after being in Amsterdam last week for API Strategy & Practice. It's Monday morning, with the event ending Friday, and rather than being drained and exhausted, I'm still glowing and very charged and excited for APIs, after all the amazing discussions. First off, thank you to 3Scale for making API Strategy & Practice possible. Without 3Scale, not only would the event not exist, it would not have the tone that it does. 3Scale is investing in the conversation happening, with the priority being an open, inclusive community discussion around APIs—products, brands and companies are......read more.



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.



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