How Can You Prove Your Digital You is You?

George Bernard Shaw was witty and fun.  He was famous for being quotable – very much like Oscar Wilde.  One of the quotes I love, and I thought was perfect for this blog: “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” In the real world, communication is an illusion.  People talk but they don’t listen. …

From API Craftsmanship to API Landscaping

Keynote from Nordic APIs 2018 Platform Summit in Stockholm, Sweden. Slide available here: http://dret.net/lectures/nordic-apis-2018/ Moving from designing and managing individual APIs to the successful management of large, diverse, and evolving API landscapes can be challenging. But it is a transition that is necessary to realize the value of API-centric organizations, where each and every product…

A Design-based Approach to Microservices and APIs

Keynote talk from API World 2018 in San Jose, California Organizations around the world are transforming their core applications to expose microservices through APIs. The success of these efforts will depend less on the technologies themselves, and more on how well their deployment is aligned with the business goals of the organization. Join this session…

APIs and the Smart City

Exploring the role of APIs in enabling smart city initiatives As cities grow and evolve, so do the issues that local governments need to address. Leveraging technology to provide public services more efficiently and intelligently is one approach that dozens of cities across the globe are doing. Examples include everything from connected streetlights to full-service…

How API Languages Evolve

As API systems mature, knowing the history and evolution of various API languages will help organizations create robust and successful landscapes. How (API) Languages Evolve APIs are languages: they specify how providers and consumers of capabilities communicate. The things that can be “said” in an API conversation are determined by the expressivity of the involved…

Applying and Extending DHARMA

This post gives some practical examples of the DHARMA method for API Security in a Microservice Architecture, and also shares some opportunities for extending the model. This article shares concepts from the O’Reilly book Securing Microservice APIs. If you’re attending OSCON next week, Rob Wilson and Matt McLarty will be signing and giving away print copies during lunch…

Continuous API Management

Mehdi Medjaoui, Erik Wilde, Ronnie Mitra & Mike Amundsen Making the Right Decisions in an Evolving Landscape A lot of work is required to release an API, but the effort doesn’t always pay off. Overplanning before an API matures is a wasted investment, while underplanning can lead to disaster. This practical guide provides maturity models…