If you're involved with integration, you have to be well-versed with application program interfaces (APIs), which are tools that make it possible to manage software applications. While invisible to end users, APIs are essential for communication between programs. Social media networking giants Facebook and Twitter are just a couple of companies that have made good use of open or public APIs. Basically, an open API is one in which an organization publishes its software to be shared freely. A startup, for example, may want to open its API, as doing so encourages third parties to use its software.
This guide brings together a range of stories that highlight examples of successful API management, trends with the technology and key terms developers need to know.
API management: What you need to know
Before you dive in to API management, it's important to know the basics. Read on for tips on successful project planning and development.
When moving to portlet development from web development, software engineers must remember that servlet and JSP development rules still apply. Continue Reading
Learn how API development communities are expanding beyond the company setting. Continue Reading
API projects can be less than successful if proper planning isn't performed, according to experts. Continue Reading
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The latest with APIs: Trends and effective use cases
Architects involved with integration have to be on top of the latest trends in API management and implementation. One of the best ways to know which tactics to employ is to learn from others' trials and tribulations. Read more to find out how some organizations are making good use of their APIs.
Backend as a Service and mobile APIs offer devel¬opers a whole new dimension of opportunity: cloud services to build the mobile apps of the future. Continue Reading
Software developers are demanding APIs that are delivered in a RESTful, resource based way, and one way to do that is by building with the RESTlet framework. Continue Reading
Rob Daigneau offers his expert insights on the convergence of the cloud, mobile technology and Web APIs. Continue Reading
NFL data statistics company discusses how it evaluated several API service vendors. Continue Reading
By exposing a network through application programming interfaces, Blackhawk Network is making the change from physical to digital cards. Continue Reading
Must-know: Key API terms
This glossary provides common terms related to API management.