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API Deployment

One question that I get asked a lot, is which of the API service providers will help me deploy my API. Historically the primary API service providers like 3Scale, Apigee and Mashery only help you "manage" your API, you still have to deploy that actual API endpoint via your own systems. This has evolved over time, and more of them are actually helping facilitate API deployment like with API gateways.

If you are a larger company, you probably have the resources and tools to deploy APIs from your existing database or other systems. For those that don't, this project is dedicated to brining together news, analysis, tools and services that others can use to actually deploy an API.I'm separating out API design from deployment. Depending on your approach, the deployment of your API could be one and the same with API design or it could be an entirely different beast.

The most common way to deploy APIs is to use API frameworks, and developers are in charge of deployment. Secondarily you see APIs being increasingly deployed using API gateways in the enterprise, but I'm also seeing a resurgence in the number database to API platforms, addressing a growing need to make data accessible via APIs.

Recently I'm also adding the ability to deploy APIs from scraping. This is becoming an interesting new trend from providers like Kimono Labs, and While many people see scraping as a thing spammers or content thieves do, it is actually proving to be a legit way to harvest content or data and launch a resulting APIs.

Using Mobile APIs To Win In The Experience Economy

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Fifteen years ago in an article for the Harvard Business Review, B.Joseph Pine and James Gilmore predicted the rise of what they called an Experience Economy.Their premise was that businesses, facing the commodification of almost every type of good or service, would be driven to offer exceptional experiences to customers as the last means of differentiation.While this thesis predated the rise of smart devices by a good eight years, it’s proved an eerily accurate prediction of our present world – one in which users expect anytime access to elegant, easy-to-use services, all running on their device of choice.Apple is more.

The View From #API360

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It was my great pleasure to join our inaugural #api360 event in Washington, DC, Sept 12.  The Newseum was an ideal venue, offering a stunning cityscape view including the Capitol building and, of course, the Canadian Embassy.  The day kicked off with Gray Brooks of 18F giving an insider’s view of the widespread API activities taking place in the US Federal government.  I was amazed at how much activity there is, but even more so by how refreshing their approach is.Next up, Irakli Nadareishvili from the API Academy gave insight into how APIs can be used as the best more.