Here are some predictions for the API space for 2014:
Rise of the Client
It's generally agreed that an API is only as good as the clients which use
it. An unused API is a failure. So that's why it's odd that so much attention
has focused on the server side of APIs, with comparatively little attention
paid to the client side (there are exceptions though, like Runscope's handy
Request Editor and hurl.it, to help developer API clients).
If you ask an API provider about how their API is going to be called by
clients, often you are met with a hand-wavy answer along the lines of "It's
REST, so it's easy". While it may be true that it's easy to hack together a
client to call the API that "just works", the problem is that that's all it
does. It "just works", but doesn't provide the high-level benefits such as:
- Ensuring the API is responding according to your expected service le... (more)
The Power of Real-Time APIs - Apple Watch and BMW
One of the most exciting parts of this week's Apple Watch launch was the
example of the BMW watch app.
This app allows you to see the charging status of your BMWi electric car,
right from your wrist.
You can also check the status of the doors of your car (important information
such as if they are locked or not!). Although the star of the show was the
watch app, APIs had a cameo appearance, since the information shown on the
watch is fetched in real-time from APIs.
It happens that there is already an example of a watch app for BMIs car... (more)
Next week I'm excited to be attending Gartner AADI Sydney, where the Axway
sponsor session features Telstra's Richard King speaking about Hybrid
Integration, at 3.15pm on Monday July 21. Hybrid Integration, and the Hybrid
Integration Platform (HIP), are very exciting topics in integration at the
moment. Connections between on-premises and Cloud services are enabled in
this way, all through APIs.
Here is the preview of the talk:
Innovations in Cloud, Mobile, Social Media and Big Data are revolutionising
how Telstra International goes to market to engage with their customers,
Next Tuesday, June 24, in conjunction with our partners at IC-Consult, we
are running a half-day API Workshop in the Detroit area. I'm very excited
that we have a great guest speaker, Robert Foster from IC-Consult, who will
be talking about about the BMW Group case study, explaining how secure APIs
drive innovation in the Connected Car area. In the technical deep dive part
of the API Workshop, we'll be covering:How to secure REST APIs - OAuth 2.0
and moreAPIs for Mobile Apps SalesForce.com and other Cloud APIsMicrosoft
Office365 and Google Apps Single Sign-OnIt's also a great op... (more)
ProgrammableWeb has published a story about how Netflix is taking its API
private. In the article, Patricio Robles writes that:
"Effective immediately, Netflix has stopped issuing new public API keys to
developers and is no longer accepting API affiliates. It is also putting the
message boards on its developer portal into read-only mode"
what is Netflix doing instead? It is focusing on the known developers who
wish to use its APIs. As the ProgrammableWeb article explains, this "small
group of kn... (more)