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The API Academy provides expertise and best practices for the strategy, architecture, design and security of enterprise-grade APIs and microservices. Our free API education and certification programs are now available!

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API Product Management Certification

Earlier this year, the API Academy, in conjunction with the site relaunch released the first 2 certifications API design and and API Security. The third course is being finalized as

Recent API Academy Posts

What Are the Different Types of APIs?

In this article, we’ll provide an overview of the API types within these two distinctions, as well as a couple of things someone might mean when they say “API.” APIs are integral to all software projects, yet the acronym doesn’t have a singular meaning. Yes, it stands for “Application Programming Interface,” but people use that

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API Metrics: How to Measure Your Impact

Along with the business strategy comes the measurements you’ll use to determine success. In this post, we’ll consider three common categories of API metrics: Raw API Usage: Data on calls and users Business Value: An API’s value to your bottom line Innovation and Partnership: Value to longer term business goals Ideally these three areas of

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Three API Governance Patterns and How to Choose One

Most organizations maintain dozens or even hundreds of APIs. Maintaining consistency and avoiding redundancy quickly becomes a major issue. API governance helps organizations declare and adhere to guidelines for new and existing APIs. There are different approaches to encourage conformity in API design, including governance review and automated restrictions. In this post, we’ll explore both

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Developers Aren’t the Users of Your API

Hang around the API community long enough and you’ll hear about design, developer experience, and ways to appeal to someone integrating with your programming interface. That may lead you to think of developers as the users of your API. While an important audience, developers are a conduit for the actual end users of the software

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NA API Academy Virtual Workshop 2020 Replay

Here’s the replay of the North America API Academy Virtual Workshop from July 15, 2020. The agenda was the keynote on API strategy with John Cocke of HCL, followed by a discussion on API design with Academy members Jaime Ryan and Aran White. Jay Thorne of the Academy then discussed microservices and service mesh, and

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The Longest Stage of the API Lifecycle

Right now someone is powering up an original iPhone. On their home screen, they’re tapping the icon for a 10 year old app. As it loads, it calls an endpoint that a development team would rather not maintain. For many APIs, a life of suspended animation is a big part of their story. In API

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Microsurfaces: The Role of APIs in a Microservice Architecture
API-based communication is vital to delivering value in all aspects of a microservice architecture. Explore their relationship in this short introductory ebook.
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Microservice Architecture: Aligning Principles, Practices, and Culture
An award-winning, full-length ebook from O'Reilly and the API Academy that explains how microservices work, and what it means to build an application the microservices way.
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Securing Microservice APIs: Sustainable and Scalable Access Control
This essential ebook for technical practitioners proposes an API access control model that can be implemented to provide cohesive security over a network of microservices.
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APIs & Microservices from the API Academy

API Design Education

For over a decade, we’ve provided thought leadership to global organizations on designing APIs, implementing API security, and modernizing mission-critical systems with continuous API management and microservices.

Cloud Architectures from the API Academy

API Architecture Best Practices

We offer practical, field-tested guidance on how to use microservices and APIs to create service mesh patterns that optimize the security and scalability of multi-cloud, hybrid cloud, and on-premise IT infrastructures.

5G and IoT Applications from the API Academy

API Briefings for Executives

New 5G and IoT applications will demand unprecedented levels of API performance, security, and governance. Ask us how your peers are integrating APIs and Digital BizOps to get ready for the coming revolution.