Netflix: How ‘Separation of Concerns’ Can Benefit Your API Design

Guest Author, March 4th, 2014

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.


Today in APIs: Zapier Launches Course on APIs, and 4 New APIs

Greg Bates, March 3rd, 2014

ZapierZapier launches beginner course on how to build APIs. Nordic APIs adds Stockholm stop to tour, March 31st. Plus: Alipay shuts down WeChat’s API, Google launches genomics effort, and 4 new APIs.


Today in APIs: RxREVU Announces Medication Optimization API, and 9 New APIs

Eric Carter, February 28th, 2014

RxREVU has announced a medication optimization API to reduce costs and improve outcomes. Aylien launched a Text Analysis API. Plus, WSO2 releases white paper on building an ecosystem for API security and 9 new APIs.


Today in APIs: Survey Reports API Security is Key Concern, and 11 New APIs

Greg Bates, February 20th, 2014

CA’s Layer7 survey reports split over whether security or usability is biggest API issue. AnyPresence wins top API infrastructure award. Plus: API design security and usability remain key, Broadcom’s open network function virtualization platform, and 11 new APIs.


Five Great API Ecosystem Lessons from Evernote

Mark Boyd, February 19th, 2014

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.


NPR Touts Benefits of Consuming Your Own APIs

Stuart Iler, February 18th, 2014

The idea of “eating one’s own dog food,” or dog fooding, goes back a long way–most notably, with companies using their own software to demonstrate the technology’s performance and value. Today, many companies are dogfooding their APIs, not only to demonstrate the APIs’ benefits but also to put the technology through its paces over time.


Kaazing Continues its Revolution in the Web-Connected World

Eric Carter, February 18th, 2014

Kaazing, software-based web communications platform, continues to attract big name customers as its key product enables realtime communication at unprecedented scale. As announced today, Vikram Mehta has taken the reigns as Kaazing’s new CEO. ProgrammableWebcaught up with Mehta as he prepares to build on Kaazing’s success and take the company to the next level.


Today in APIs: Gracenote to Launch Music Recommendation API, and 6 New APIs

Eric Carter, January 3rd, 2014

GracenoteGracenote has announced an internet music recommendation API: Gracenote Rhythm. A new API Documentation Workshop will be held in Silicon Valley next month. Plus, Sony provides SmartWatch developers some API advice and 6 new APIs.


40 Identity APIs: Animetrics, Instantor and Qwerly

Matthew Scott, January 2nd, 2014

Google OpenIDOur API directory now includes 40 identity APIs. The newest is the Instantor API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Google OpenID API. We list 10 Google OpenID mashups.


59 New APIs: Macy’s, Nokia, and We Heart It

Melody Clark, December 29th, 2013

This week, we had 59 new APIs added to our API directory including an anonymous email service, a shopping checkout service for Bitcoin and Litecoin payments, and a platform to detect and prevent online fraud. We also covered the success of the various Walgreens APIs, from the prescription refill API to the QuickPrints API and contests, during 2013.


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