API Management 103: Choosing a Solution

In Lesson 102: Architectural Components, we explain the key technology components required for a full-featured API Management solution. There are various solutions currently on the market, a number of which meet these basic requirements. In this lesson, we provide more practical advice on how to choose between specific solutions. A large enterprise with extensive IT resources…

API Management 101: API Management Basics

In API Design Lesson 202: Architectural Layers, we explain how key API functionality can be abstracted away from the implementation itself and handled via centralized server architecture. Here, we explain the technology components needed for this architecture and how they create the basis for an ongoing process of API Management. When launching an API program, it…

API Design 101: API Design Basics

The term “API design” or “API architecture” refers to the process of developing a software interface that exposes backend data and application functionality for use in new applications. In this lesson, we provide an overview of the API architecture process, as a starting point for a deeper exploration of design and implementation best practices in…

API Design 201: Web API Architectural Styles

Generally speaking, the term “Web API” describes any software interface that is exposed over the Web using the HTTP protocol in order to facilitate application development (but not limited to any particular message format, pattern or implementation). In this lesson, we provide a detailed overview of the main Web API design styles: Tunneling (aka Web Service);…

API Strategy 201: Private APIs vs. Open APIs

One of the key considerations that should guide both your API business strategy and your interface architecture is the distinction between open and private APIs. An interface is defined as open or private depending on whether it targets external or in-house developers. In this lesson, we explain the distinction in detail and explore ways it…

API Strategy 102: The Business Value of APIs

APIs are not just created to meet a technical requirements and API publishing is not merely a technical challenge. Every API is published with specific business aims in mind and API program managers must ensure these aims drive the interface design process. This lesson provides an overview of key drivers behind API programs and how…

API Strategy 101: What is an API?

API publishing is becoming a pressing technology concern for an ever-wider range of organizations. More and more companies and public sector agencies want to realize the business value of APIs but many decision makers lack a basic understanding of the technology behind APIs. In this lesson, we provide an overview of what APIs are and…

Client-Optimized Resource Representations in APIs

Create tiered representations of responses to optimize your API for mobile clients One of the most important design principles for an API program is to embrace that APIs are products. It follows that successful APIs, much like products, must provide user-optimized experiences. Case in point: it is clearly inappropriate to send large response payloads to a…

API360: An Introduction

In this video taken from the February 2015 API360 Summit in Dallas, Texas, API Academy Vice President Matt McLarty outlines the Academy’s multi-dimensional approach to API strategy, design and management. The API360 model covers every step necessary for an effective API program – from creating appropriate business tactics to designing durable API architecture to securing and managing APIs over…