It is often noted that every presentation by an API vendor must include the
"Iceberg Slide". As Swift from Sendgrid noted at API Days SF, "API people
sure do love their icebergs".The iceberg slide is used to show that Open APIs
(the ones you see on ProgrammableWeb, which any developer can sign up for)
are just "the tip of the iceberg". Enterprise APIs, the kinds of APIs used
for partner integration and to link internal systems, are much larger. In the
iceberg analog they are "the bottom of the iceberg". [ I also like the
analogy with Dark Matter: "Dark APIs" are the Enterprise APIs which are "all
around us but we don't see them"].
Here at Axway we are no exception to the "Iceberg Slide" rule. Here is an
example from my colleague Ed King. As you can see on the slide, Open APIs
often are a function of "Shadow IT", deployed by a business unit with limited
integration i... (more)
Here is a very useful script written by my colleague Ravee Chintha for taking
a result set from a database SQL lookup and converting it to JSON. An API
Gateway is an ideal way to do this.
In the Policy Studio of the Axway/Vordel API Server, simply follow a
"Retrieve from or Wrote to" filter with a Scripting Filter that runs the
following script. Make sure that the prefix you use for the results from your
SQL in the "Retrieve from or write to database" filter is "db.resultset"
import com.vorde... (more)
Today we had a very well-attended API Workshop held by Axway in Brussels.
Menno Abbink from Essent was the star speaker, covering the Essent API which
uses the Axway API Gateway.
Fresh from sharing the stage with Werner Vogels from Amazon recently, Menno
gave some exciting use cases, such as mobile apps to control household
electricity devices (this gives a whole new answer to "Who turned out the
lights?" when a API is involved :) ). He also talked about the electrical
vehicle recharging stations in the Netherlands which also are located through
the Essent API, and in fact the s... (more)
This Halloween, don't be scared by API Security. On Oct 30, Kin Lane is
speaking at Axway's API Workshop in Washington DC. For those of you who don't
know Kin, he's the original API Evangelist (with the blog of the same name)
and is now a Presidential Innovation Fellow at the Department of Veterans
Affairs. This is a great chance to find out about API activity in the Federal
At the workshop, we are putting a special focus on API Security. Security is,
of course, already a key area for government. In particular, there are
government identity standards such as FICAM and... (more)
James Urquhart has assembled a very impressive list of examples of Cloud
Computing in practice.
Number of applications running on Force.com: 135,000 Number of applications
hosted by Ruby on Rails platform service vendor Heroku: 40,000+ Objects
stored in Amazon Web Services S3: 64 billion (as of August 2009)
Full details at: http://news.cnet.com/8301-19413_3-10405895-240.html