API Virtualization for Robust Testing

Testing is an essential part of software development. It’s similarly an important part of the API lifecycle and it helps developers discover errors in their APIs before it even gets to production. One of the most effective methods to test production-grade APIs is through API virtualization. In this article, I’ll briefly explain the concept of…

How HTTP/2 & Protobuf Paved the Way for gRPC

with Raju Gurram In 2015, Google open-sourced a new RPC (remote procedure call) framework named gRPC.  The fact that this was built and adopted by the company that has one of the largest (if not the largest) ecosystem of microservices should speak volumes about its efficacy.  Google makes tens of billions of gRPC calls per…

Securing the Digital Record

Recently, I was chatting with a group of colleagues – we were all complaining about doctors and waiting rooms, etc. During the conversation, I mentioned something that I thought was pretty interesting. Being over 40 and blonde hair/blue eyed, AND having spent my teens and 20s soaking up the sun, I’m basically putting my dermatologist’s children through…

Modern API Description Formats

For many organizations, the days of undocumented APIs are mostly gone. There are now several formats used to describe APIs. These machine-readable files can be converted into documentation and even be used to test integrations. While there are several formats, the most well-known is OpenAPI. In this article, we’ll provide a highlight of that and…

The Most Common API Authentication Methods

Unless your API is a public feed of read-only data, you likely need authentication. There are many options you could choose, which may vary depending on your use case. However, it’s unlikely you’ll need to go out and create your own authentication method. Whenever possible, use a standard that is widely implemented. Otherwise, developers will…

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…