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2012 Will Be the Battle for Your Digital Wallet

The X.Commerce Conference was a couple of weeks ago in San Francisco, where Paypal showcased their next generation of multi-channel commerce tools ranging from Paypal Access for quick consumer login, to expanded mobile, tablet and device based purchasing on Microsoft’s Xbox 360 game consoles. Behind all the hype at X.Commerce, at the heart of every move EBay / Paypal… Continue reading →

Alistair Farquharson

API Lifecycle Step 3: Run

While it is really important to build the right API and to build it right, it is equally important to make sure that it’s running right, or to be more grammatically correct, to ensure that your API is behaving correctly. By now you should have planned and built, a clean simple API that delivers clear… Continue reading →

Alistair Farquharson

API Lifecycle Step 2: Build

I can’t stress enough that the best APIs are often the most basic. Typically, they do one thing really well and leave themselves open for developers to leverage as they please. So once you’ve finished the planning stages of your API, don’t just hand off your general plan to your coders and leave them to… Continue reading →

Alistair Farquharson

API Lifecycle Step 1: Plan

The five steps of our set of best practices work like a combination lock. They work properly only if they are followed in sequence. Planning is perhaps the most important step in the API lifecycle because it puts forth the blueprints needed to build a sucessful API. During the planning stage, your organization needs to… Continue reading →

Alistair Farquharson

Introducing the API Lifecycle — For the API Lifestyle

I may be generalizing, but too many people still view APIs as purely utilitarian. Integrate the Google Maps API into your GPS device so that users find the nearest gas station. Use NOAA Weather Service API to let skiers know the snow conditions in Telluride. And so forth. But people forget that APIs — and… Continue reading →

Alistair Farquharson

Moving Beyond the Acronym

Today’s concept of API is at once too broad and too narrow. Developers tend to take the acronym literally, seeing it specifically as a programming interface designed to be used by another application. Meanwhile, business decision-makers view APIs as some cutting-edge technology that will make their businesses run better, improve the customer experience or maybe… Continue reading →

Ian Goldsmith

Enterprise APIs – APIs are not just for the cool kids

Much of the discussion around APIs tends to center on the well-known APIs published by “cool” companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google. Although these high-profile enterprises do show remarkable innovation, the fact is that it’s not just the household names who can use APIs to expand their business capabilities. Enterprise APIs have become essential tools… Continue reading →

Alistair Farquharson

Proxies, connectors and agents! Oh my!

There is an excellent post on Kin Lane’s API Evangelist blog about The Battle for your API Proxy. I think a better title would have been ‘The Battle of Agents vs. Proxies’. Agents have been around forever in one form or another. When used to deliver API services, API agents are different than proxies because… Continue reading →

Ian Goldsmith

Would you pay to play?

Here’s a question that we find compelling: If you’re an app developer, would you pay to use an API? Maybe you have an API that fits your use perfectly. Even in that case, though, would your commitment change if you had to pay to use it? APIs expose existing business capabilities to a whole new… Continue reading →

Alistair Farquharson

In with the Old, in with the New

With the release of API Management product, SOA Software is now in the API business. With this blog, I’ll cover issues that go along with API management, such as security, mobile strategies, virtualization, policies, and the state of the API market. But first, let’s talk about the elephant in the room. We acknowledge that not… Continue reading →