In some of my more recent posts, I have written about upcoming transformations within the API space, ranging from orchestration layers to how Netflix pursued an optimized API design for the 1,000-plus device types that it supports. In this post, I will provide more context for these decisions and how they may (or, perhaps more likely, will) apply to your API designs–especially when it comes to the benefits of the separation-of-design model.
APIs are creating opportunities for businesses to enter new markets, extend their customer reach, and create innovative products based on their data assets and core functionalities. As they progress along this path, businesses often start redefining themselves as a platform: They see themselves as allowing customers to couple with a business’ data assets and services via an API in whatever configuration makes sense to the customer’s value chain.
Internet of Things (IoT) communications platform Real-Time Innovations has this week launched its latest Connext DDS 5.1 software platform to enable development and integration of distributed Intelligent Systems. “We are a messaging and integration middleware, very much targeted at Intelligent Systems,” David Barnett, VP of Products and Markets at RTI, told ProgrammableWeb. “Our focus is on being the messaging and connection infrastructure in embedded machines. DDS is currently used in over 700 commercial applications. Our core domain is the intelligent-systems side.”
Join ProgrammableWeb editor-in-chief David Berlind in San Francisco where he will be chairing the API Strategies Track at next week’s Apps World Conference at the Moscone Center. The agenda is packed with tons of prescriptive advice from some of the leading API practitioners and API management solution providers.
The adoption of REST as the predominant method to build public APIs has over-shadowed any other API technology or approach in recent years. Although several alternatives (mainly SOAP) are still (very) prevalent in the enterprise, the early adopters of the API movement have taken a definitive stance against them and opted for REST as their approach and JSON as their preferred message format.
If you rent games or movies, and you live in the United States or Canada, you probably know Redbox: those red vending-machine-type boxes where you can rent videos and games, any time of the day or night. What you may not know is that the Redbox API gives you access to its database.
As pharmacy retail giant Walgreens has announced a new revenue sharing program that rewards in-app developers using its QuickPrints API with a bigger slice of the customer pie, we take a closer look at the business model behind the API.
APImetrics has announced the launch of the APImetrics API Performance Test Solution, a new kind of end-to-end API testing and monitoring service that tests an API’s functionality and speed of response using complex, authenticated API calls. Most API testing services typically check to see if an API is online by pinging the API address and then reporting the latency of the ping. Using API calls allows the APImetrics service to provide comprehensive monitoring and analysis of the actual performance of APIs.
Restlet, the French startup with a U.S. base in San Francisco, has secured $2 million in investment funding as part of their APISpark product initiative. CEO and Founder Jérôme Louvel spoke with ProgrammableWeb ahead of today’s announcement.