API Development and API Management explained

APIs are application programming interfaces that are used to allow application components to communicate with each other, execute functions or exchange data. With development teams under increasing pressure to develop more software, and to deploy it faster, APIs enable developers to cobble applications together from existing components, rather than writing so many lines of monolithic code to achieve the same outcome.

APIs have been around for decades, but have come into focus with the advent and popularity of microservices architecture. These small applications can be connected into a larger application via the use of an API. But as these microservices multiply in number, and unplugged and replaced by others, managing APIs can be complex and difficult.

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The fact that the modern supply chain is incredibly complex may be the understatement of the decade. For those not familiar with supply chain or logistics organizations, let me paint a picture for you. Every company that relies on the supply chain exists as part of an ecosystem of dozens of other companies – partners, … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Postman supports GraphQL, Compuware expands CI/CD, and ActiveState automates Python and Perl runtimes for Windows

Postman announced that its is offering support for GraphQL with the release of Postman v7.2. GraphQL offers more precise querying, which is useful when working with large APIs that return a lot of data, according to Postman. Postman v7.2 supports sending GraphQL queries in the request body, GraphQL variables and GraphQL query autocompletion. Additionally, GraphQL … continue reading

Six steps for making a successful transition to a cloud-native architecture

Cloud native has become one of the biggest trends in the software industry. It has already changed the way we think about developing, deploying and operating software products. The cloud-native paradigm for application development has come to consist of microservices architecture, containerized services, orchestration and distributed management. Organizations across every industry want to remain competitive, … continue reading

Postman 7.0 released with extended roles and permissions

API development solution provider Postman announced the latest version of its platform with new ways for developers and teams to manage access control. Postman 7.0 includes extended roles and permissions, allowing users to manage teammates on collection, team and workspace levels. According to the company, this is a major update that gives team leaders the … continue reading

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Principled GraphQL

GraphQL is quickly becoming the preferred approach for working with APIs. It is a query language for APIs, and is designed to give users more insight and understanding into the data inside their APIs. According to GraphQL platform provider Apollo, it’s also so much more than a query language. “It’s a comprehensive solution to the … continue reading

How enterprises will embrace “APIfication” this year

APIs are not new to software development, but Google believes they are becoming more important. According to the company, as the API space continues to evolve, enterprises are headed towards an “APIfication” future — one where APIs will become an essential part of how their software operates. “APIs have come a long way from the … continue reading

GrapeCity introduces imaging API for .NET Standard 2.0

Enterprise software development tool provider GrapeCity has announced Documents for Imaging .NET Standard 2.0 (GcImaging) to its documents API product line. Developers can now create, load, modify and save images in .NET Standard 2.0 apps with this latest release. According to the company, GcImaging was created out of a need for a .NET Standard 2.0 … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Kong Enterprise 0.34, GitHub Learning Lab, and Google+

API platform provider Kong has announced the latest release of its enterprise solution, Kong Enterprise 0.34. According to the company, this is the most feature-rich release to date with new features and updates as well as minor fixes. The latest release includes an update to Kong Manager with improved UI, a new navigation system, enhanced … continue reading

The Linux Foundation announces plans to form GraphQL foundation

In an effort to grow and sustain the GraphQL ecosystem, The Linux Foundation has announced plans to launch a new open-source foundation for it. GraphQL is an API technology that was initially developed by Facebook. The GraphQL Foundation will be a collaborative effort between industry leaders and users. Its mission will be to “enable widespread … continue reading

Data Theorem launches API security solution for serverless and microservices

The rise of microservices and serverless applications has enabled developers to build apps at scale and with less complexity at lower costs. But these new modern apps also come with a new set of issues and problems developers have to be concerned about. Data Theorem today announced new automated API solutions aimed at addressing threats … continue reading

Apigee API monitoring, extensions and hosted targets now available

API management provider Apigee is releasing a number of new capabilities to give users more control and visibility into APIs. Apigee was acquired by Google in 2016, and these new capabilities are designed to enable organizations to easily access Google Cloud services. The company announced the general availability of Apigee API monitoring, Apigee extensions and … continue reading

Google announces new developer policies to keep data safe

Data is king in today’s software world. The insights a business gains from its data can set it up for success. However, there is a dark side to the data world, and if a business misuses, abuses or doesn’t protect the data inside its company, it can result in a loss of reputation or trust. … continue reading

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