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Mark O'Neill

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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)

Configuring OAuth for initial LDAP Authentication

Although OAuth is not for authentication (the "auth" is for authorization), it usually presupposes that an authentication event has taken place. In the case of the Axway API Gateway, you can use the internal use store for this authentication, or you can use a third-party repository like LDAP. If you want to switch to LDAP, you can simply choose a different authentication repository under "Validate credentials against this repository" in the OAuth 2.0 policies in Policy Studio as shown below: If you want to add a new authentication repository, you can find these under "Authenticat... (more)

Telstra Hybrid Integration Case Study next week at Gartner AADI Sydney

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, emplo... (more)

API Workshops roll on - Detroit / Connected Car - and next stop Munich June 10

Last Tuesday in Detroit, along with IC-Consult, Axway ran an API Workshop in Detroit. Many attendees from the major car companies were present. One of the big conversation topics was Social Login ("Login with Google", etc). This is something which we saw can be implemented using the Axway API Gateway, and in fact the API Gateway can be used to map from a Social Login to a local on-premises Identity and Access Management product like Oracle Access Manager (here's a description of the Google to Oracle OAM mapping in action). That allows for a hybrid Cloud/On-Premises identity appro... (more)

API Workshops next week in Australia and New Zealand - Hear from key practitioners

Next week I'm pleased to be taking part in our ongoing API Workshop series, which is returning again to Australia and New Zealand. In designing our API Workshops, we've kept certain key points in mind: 1) Audiences was to hear from real-life practitioners who are deploying APIs and SOA, talking about case studies. 2) Practical examples of key technology, such as bridging to Cloud services or HTML 5 WebSockets in action, are much more valuable than simply talking about the technology. This formula produces a Workshop which benefits the audience greatly, because they experience the t... (more)