REST APIs

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  • The Need for Event-Driven Integration

    The Need for Event-Driven Integration

    Developer sentiment is clear: developers’ and architects’ interest and adoption of event-driven integration is a mainstream objective, as confirmed by a research project on the current state of API.

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  • API Is Not Just REST

    API Is Not Just REST

    This is one of my talks from APIDays Paris 2018. Here is the abstract: The modern API toolbox includes a variety of standards and methodologies, which centers around REST, but also includes...

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  • The State of API Integration: The balance of power between SOAP and REST and more

    The State of API Integration: The balance of power between SOAP and REST and more

    Cloud Elements’ report on The State of the API Integration is here — it looks at the trends that are set to affect APIs and application integration, takes a snapshot across API consumption in various

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  • GraphQL benefits in a REST API, but how?

    GraphQL benefits in a REST API, but how?

    GraphQL is an open sourced API specification from Facebook that is touted as the next evolution from RESTful APIs.  The primary benefits at a high level is a reduction in how many times...

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  • The Perils of Polling

    The Perils of Polling

    Over the past few years many people – I amongst them – have spent countless hours convincing you that RESTful interfaces can (and have) changed the face of application integration. But...

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  • How-To: Convert SOAP APIs to REST APIs

    How-To: Convert SOAP APIs to REST APIs

    SOAP isn’t dead. Not yet at least. And that’s a pretty tough pill to swallow coming from an API-first product strategy. Consuming SOAP APIs is especially difficult for app developers...

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  • Best Practices for API Error Handling

    Best Practices for API Error Handling

    What do you do when everything goes wrong with your RESTful API? You have many ways to indicate an API call failure, including the built-in status codes included in HTTP. Use these best...

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  • DevSecOps for your APIs

    DevSecOps for your APIs

    Applications are changing. A web app in days gone by was a single application running on a server in a datacenter somewhere. Today, that same web app may look the same to the user, but...

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  • We Are All Using APIs

    We Are All Using APIs

    When I talk to ordinary people about what I do as the API Evangelist, they tend to think APIs don’t have much of anything to do with their world. APIs exist in a realm of startups, technology,...

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  • FinTech Continues to Disrupt the Digital API Economy. What’s Next?

    FinTech Continues to Disrupt the Digital API Economy. What’s Next?

    The emerging sector of financial services technology, FinTech, signifies a major shift in the API economy. APIs are fundamental, not only to technology strategy, but overall business strategy. As we m

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  • API Management Is About Awareness And Control Over Our Digital Resources

    API Management Is About Awareness And Control Over Our Digital Resources

    I’ve been diving into the fundamentals of API management as part of several projects I am working on. I am setting up API management for a single API project, as well as thinking through API...

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  • Considering The Future Of The OpenAPI Initiative

    I’m a member of the OpenAPI Iniative (OAI). I’m not very active on the governance or marketing, but I enjoy hanging out in the hallways of the Slack channel, and being part of the conversation....

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  • The Basics of Creating and Mapping a Common Resource

    The Basics of Creating and Mapping a Common Resource

    Our Customer Enablement Manager, Clayton Shaver, recently demoed a deep dive on creating common resources in our newly released Cloud Elements 2.0. Here’s a step-by-step guide on what a...

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  • A Product Manager's Guide to Cloud Integrations

    A Product Manager's Guide to Cloud Integrations

    A cooperative app experience uses APIs to connect your application seamlessly with the cloud services used by your customers.

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  • You Thinking I Mean REST When I Say API Is About Your Limited Views, Not Mine

    I’m fascinated by the baggage people bring to the table when engaging in discussions around technology with me. A common opener for many conversations with season technologists centers around...

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  • The Simple Guide to HTTP Verbs: PATCH, PUT, and POST

    The Simple Guide to HTTP Verbs: PATCH, PUT, and POST

    PATCH, PUT and POST are often confused. Many resources promote the concept of CRUD (create, read, update, delete) applications and tie HTTP verbs into a single part of the process. The...

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  • Resource-Centric API Calls: Switching up the Cloud Elements Hubs

    Resource-Centric API Calls: Switching up the Cloud Elements Hubs

    Our API Hubs represent the intersection of resources across the Elements within a category of applications. We created a platform for API Integration with the assumption that...

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  • The troubles with APIs: security, discovery, bulk loading

    The troubles with APIs: security, discovery, bulk loading

    Along with online services and functions, public APIs also deliver new headaches for developers.

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  • What You Need to Know About OAS 3.0

    What You Need to Know About OAS 3.0

    Over the past few months, the members of the OAI Technical Developer Community (TDC) have been hard at work to make the next version of the OpenAPI Specification a reality: OAS 3.0.

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  • Best Practices for API Error Handling

    Best Practices for API Error Handling

    You have many ways to indicate an API call failure, including the built-in status codes included in HTTP. Use these best practices to help developers with their API integration.

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