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API Design Using Behavior Driven Development

Test-driven development (TDD) has been around for a while now.  Behavior-driven development (BDD), a comparably recent methodology, emerged from the practice of TDD and could reasonably be called a narrower application of TDD. The TDD process allows a developer to use a … [Read more...]

AlertSite integrates with Akana to bring you end-to-end view of API performance

APIs are powerful. You can be an API provider, a consumer or most likely both. The APIs you consume bring data and services to your applications, drive traffic and accelerate internal projects. The APIs you provide bring you revenue, increase footprint and open a path to … [Read more...]

SmartBear at APIStrat Austin 2015

It's an interesting time of year! Holiday rush on your APIs is beginning, plans for the new year are forming, and API leaders are converging on Austin for API Strategy and Practice, November 18-20. I personally will be staying in a van down by the river, … [Read more...]

6 Reasons Your API is the Windows Vista of APIs

Does your API suck? Okay, that one needs a little explanation. If you've developed an API, it exposes some functionality to users. It might suck to learn. The documentation might be unclear and the function signatures counter-intuitive. It might suck to use, doing a lot … [Read more...]

Swagger Introduces the Open API Initiative

-This is a repost from Tony Tam's blog post on Swagger.io. Swagger creator Tony Tam has joined SmartBear recently, after Smartbear acquired Swagger earlier this year. SmartBear is excited to sponsor The Open API initiative to help further innovation in the API space.  I’m … [Read more...]

How To Calculate The Worth of an API | Infographic

In a previous post, we tried to calculate the hypothetical worth of an API, in dollars of course. Now, we have an infographic to walk you through the small amount of steps and calculations. From starting at the cost of any third party API calls, to the amount of time  put in … [Read more...]

Crush the Rush: Holiday API Performance

This year, you and everyone on your team have a big responsibility: Make sure that your website, mobile app can handle the heavy volume of traffic that’s coming…soon. Why Should I Care about Load Testing Right Now? The holidays are just around the corner, and many other … [Read more...]

How 6 Elite Industry Experts Approach API Testing

Good API testing is part of the fabric of a technology enterprise, whether the company is a lean and mean startup or a well-established Fortune 500 business. Comprehensive API testing does not happen in a vacuum. It’s a result of management decisions. The quality of API … [Read more...]

My Love/Hate Relationship With APIs

Ten years ago I was a programmer working at an insurance company. The hard IT work of an insurance company is claims processing - taking in new members, getting claims, figuring out how they should be payed, and paying them electronically. That meant a big database. We … [Read more...]

How Much is Your API Worth?

What most people are willing to pay for it. This might sound trite, but it’s true. The basic laws of valuation don’t go away just because we’re living in a world of Microservices, PaaS and Big Data on demand. It doesn’t matter if you are giving your API away, any more … [Read more...]