Believe it or not, security can still be an afterthought when companies expose back end services to internal and third party developers driving digital innovation. This can be especially true when your focus is away from your base API infrastructure. But make no mistake: a robust API Gateway is critical to reduce security risks! Java-based... Continue reading Secure your API Strategy
As you are establishing your organization to support your API initiative, remember one of the primary goals for most API initiatives is to improve speed of execution for business initiatives. Is your organization supporting this goal? If not, change is probably required. Let’s be clear that there is not only one way... Continue reading What is the Recommended Organizational Structure for an API initiative?
We recently wrote and shared a user defined policy called API Mocka to help you simulate responses directly from the API Connect Assembly. API Mocka is a quick and easy way for application developers to leverage the API Assembly for simulating the testing of APIs without calling downstream systems. Today we’re sharing an additional user defined policy,... Continue reading Test Your APIs Better with Latency Injection
Are you positioned for success with your API initiative? What roles are required to drive a successful API initiative? How do these roles relate to existing roles in the company? It is time to drill a little deeper into the required roles and responsibilities to help your API initiative become a success.... Continue reading What are the Recommended Roles for an API initiative?
Testing your API implementation is critical, but not always easy. Sometimes your backend services aren’t set up to handle the load of testing. Even worse, sometimes backend services go down altogether. API Mocka provides a simple way to stub backend systems, so you can test and optimize your API implementation without relying on direct access... Continue reading Mock Backend Services with User Defined Gateway Policies
API Connect can be configured as an on-prem, cloud, or hybrid deployment. In this article, I will discuss tips and tricks for a quick on-premises install based on my experience in the field as a technical consultant on the IBM professional services team. (If you'd like to try out API Connect prior to considering... Continue reading 10 Tips for Installing API Connect On-Premises
Building an API can be overwhelming sometimes. Designing and editing your API in cramped lines of code isn’t always the most efficient or intuitive way. There’s got to be a better way, right? Meet API Designer, a graphical API design tool that lets you easily visualize the way the components of your API interact together. (And... Continue reading Getting to Know API Designer in API Connect
API Connect has many features that make developing and publishing APIs a rapid experience, but what if you already have an API? Good news — API Connect makes it easy to define, manage, and leverage existing APIs, too. In this example, we’ll use the GitHub API to show how quickly you can get... Continue reading How to Draft New APIs using Existing APIs with API Connect