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Orchestrating Microservices: Who's Composing This Symphony, Anyway? by Les Worley Before becoming a developer, I was in the high school band. I played several brass instruments - including French horn and cornet - as well as keyboards in the jazz stage band. A musician and a nerd, what can I say? I even dabbled in writing music for the band. Okay, mostly I wrote arrangements of pop music, so the band could keep the crowd entertained during Friday night football games. What struck me then was that, to write parts for all the instruments - brass, woodwind, percussion, even keyboards - I had to have an overall score to work from. Or at least a sketch of one. Otherwise, I'd end up with a bunch of parts that might sound great on their own, but would never fit together to make someone want to listen or dance to it. What does writing music have to do with software? The inst... (more)

API Security: Six Themes for Securing Your API | @CloudExpo #API #Cloud #Security #Microservices

API Security: Six Themes for Securing Your API By Cameron Laird Security certainly feels a lot more like a journey than a destination. This is especially true with APIs becoming a critical piece of any mobile or web application. With so much information being shared through APIs, teams need to ask themselves: how can you effectively secure your API? While the security demands of developing and maintaining APIs will continue to evolve, there are a few key areas your team should be focused on if you have have responsibility for an Application Programming Interface (API): 1. Mobility... (more)

An Introduction to RESTful APIs | @CloudExpo #API #Cloud #RESTful

REST 101: An Introduction to RESTful APIs By Ryan Pinkham Imagine if every PhD dissertation resulted in something that changed the world? That's what happened when Roy Fielding presented his doctoral dissertation on the "representational state transfer" at University of California-Irvine in 2000. This dissertation laid the groundwork for the staggering growth of RESTful web services, which have reshaped how organizations deploy and utilize APIs. In fact, today 70% of public APIs depend on REST services. In our newest infographic, we take a look at the language, properties, and ... (more)

Security Considerations for API Testing | @CloudExpo #API #Cloud #Security

Eight Security Considerations for API Testing By Cameron Laird It seems like every day we see reminders of the importance of thorough security testing from all areas of the software world. Security has become an especially critical consideration for APIs in recent years. Organizations rely on APIs to share and receive information - either from a third party or between internal applications - so the level of security between these applications is critical for anyone who uses them. Earlier this year, SmartBear Software released the results of its State of API 2016 Report, which fou... (more)

A High Performing API | @CloudExpo #API #IoT #M2M #DigitalTransformation

How to Create a High Performing API: A New Perspective for 2016 by Bob Reselman Performance is the elusive butterfly of API development. Everybody is intrigued with its beauty, yet few know how to capture it. In the old days, the approach of many shops to ensure a performant API was to create some code and then pass it over to the wall to QA to do load testing. Later some integration testing took place. As long as the API worked and it was met some marginal performance benchmarks, things were good. This worked well when a public, HTTP based API, consumed by a wide variety of distr... (more)