API Academy Hits a Birthday

As we approach the eighth anniversary of the founding of API Academy, I look back at the beginning and how far we’ve come.  From the very beginning, the original API Academy team focused on agnostic best practices for API strategy and design – creating TechTalks, videos, and blogs, as well as going out around the…

API Monitoring Across the API Lifecycle

Developers often can’t control API downtime, but they can certainly monitor for it. Yet, sending periodic pings to a service is only one of many ways to use API monitoring. To avoid common API headaches, you can apply monitoring principles across the entire API lifecycle, starting before you’ve written a single line of code. Design…

API Design Best Practices for Enterprises

Your API program will see more success with a thoughtful API design phase. Effort spent on architecture often returns as time saved during other phases of your project. These efficiencies add up across the hundreds or thousands of APIs you support. Your API design should be backed by your company’s strategy and focused on real…

Managing the Effect of Slow Back-end Systems

Introduction: API deployments need to maintain a stable network behaviour, with widely varying back end systems. In a previous article, I talked about the need to maintain user experience. In a Layer7  API Gateway based deployment, back end systems that have high latency have some very interesting side effects. To effectively manage a gateway in…