API Digest #18
To prevent the world of APIs from becoming alien to you, this week’s API Digest is here with a new portion of smart writing and news. Let us get to the fun part.
It has been 2 months since Mashape released Kong, an open-source API management layer. And here they are, unleashing another ‘monster’, this time, an analytics platform for monitoring, visualizing and inspecting API traffic. For more details on the features of the service, click here.
About a month ago, a new series of articles focusing on three key areas of "meta-language" for Web APIs: API Description, API Discovery, and API Profiles started on InfoQ. The APIs.json Discovery Format: Potential Engine in the API Economy is the most recent part written by Kin Lane. Some other readworthy pieces of the series are:
- Description, Discovery, and Profiles: A Primer by Mike Amundsen
- From Doodles to Delivery: An API Design Process by Ronnie Mitra
- The Power of RAML by Mike Stowe
- APIs with Swagger : An Interview with Reverb’s Tony Tam
The upcoming ones are:
- Profiles on the Web: An Interview with Erik Wilde
- Programming with Semantic Profiles : In the land of magic strings, the profile-aware is king
- A Resource Guide to API Description, Discovery, and Profiles
Kristopher Sandoval keeps writing for Nordic APIs. This time, he focuses on whether or not to develop a first-party API or integrate with an existent or contracted third-party API. According to him, the choice is not so hard to do if certain factors are taken into consideration. Read First or Third Party APIs? to find out what they are.
Max Novakovic believes you will never guess which API documentation tools they (Lateral) use. Read the blog post to find out if the ones they use to create their documentation are really those you would never guess.
API copyright protection has been an issue. Jennifer Riggins dwells on this in her contributed article for ProgrammableWeb and reveals what the Oracle v. Google case means for the API economy.
That is it for this week. Come back next Monday to find more engrossing API-related articles reviewed for you. And feel free to suggest articles you believe should be included into the next API Digest by sending us an email. :)