VP Innovation at Axway, Co-founder at Vordel

Mark O'Neill

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Kin Lane, the API Evangelist, has produced a list of the Ten API Commandments for Providers. It's a very good list, including privacy, security, and documentation. I encourage everyone to read it and comment. What about the corresponding list for API Consumers? Although I don't want to compare myself to a biblical figure (or indeed to Kin Lane :) ), here is my crack at a list of API commandments for consumers: 1. Protect your API Keys. API Keys are often issued to developers through an API Portal to use in their apps. These API Key allow developers to access apps. Sometimes the keys are used in conjunction with OAuth, or sometimes they are used in a pure API Key based authentication scheme. It is natural for developers to use Github as a repository for their code. But, what if the API Key is baked into the code of your API consumer app? Ross Penham recently wrote abou... (more)

Going Dutch - upcoming Cloud and API events in the Netherlands over the next 10 days

Shortly I'm departing for the Netherlands for three events - hope to see you at one or more of these: Thursday 27 March: I'm speaking at the API Strategy event in Amsterdam as part of the Security and Testing panel, with folks from Intel/Mashery, WS02, and Twobo.  Looking forward to some good discussion on API security and API testing. Tuesday 1 April: I'm speaking at the Cloud Security Alliance SecureCloud event, also in Amsterdam. My talk is on protecting your Cloud APIs from Denial-of-Service. Look like some great sessions there from Coca Cola, from telecoms providers including ... (more)

APIs: What Will Happen With The Internet of Things?

Until recently, when I would talk about "APIs", I would qualify it by saying "Web APIs", in order to distinguish from the older meaning of APIs as more the tightly-coupled APIs used in Java, C/C++, or even Visual Basic. If you just said "APIs", until recently, some people may think you mean APIs like the Windows API (I can remember Charles Petzold's excellent Windows API book was on my desk back when I was a programmer at an EDI VAN in the 90s). Recently Kin Lane has posted some good questions about the nature of APIs on his blog - he begins by explaining: Just exactly what an API... (more)

Innovator spotlight: Essent using APIs to enable a Self-Service Portal and Mobile Apps, powered by Axway

Essent is the largest energy company in the Netherlands, and has a significant API deployment which powers a self-service portal as well as mobile apps. At our Axway API Workshop recently in Brussels, Menno Abbink, Senior Enterprise Architect in the CIO office at Essent, spoke about how their API program. I'm pleased to say that now we are spotlighting Essent's API innovation in a case study on the Axway website. The case study is a free download, and here is an excerpt: Today, Essent’s two million customers can manage their utility contracts online using the Customer Self-Servic... (more)

Poll findings: B2B drives Mainframe/API Integration, and Security is a key concern

I'm pleased to say that our Webinar this week on Mainframe Integration was a great success, with many interesting questions posed by the attendees. You can catch the recording of the Mainframe Integration webinar here. As ever in Webinars, the audience polls are of particular interest. At Axway we try to include a lot of polls in webinars, rather than just "talking to the audience". So let's look at the polls for this webinar: Firstly, we asked why people are doing mainframe integration. Is it for mobile (and if so, is it for internal or external mobile projects?). Or is it to reac... (more)