30 APIs to track COVID-19

This article was originally published on ProgrammableWeb.

APIs can’t help cure COVID-19, but they can be used by developers to collect data about the outbreak, track its spread, and even produce data visualizations. Over the past month, ProgrammableWeb has been tracking APIs that provide access to data related to the pandemic. Here are 30 APIs that let developers leverage the available data about the virus. 

Document your RAML and Open API definitions with API Console v6

February 12 2020

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I am happy to announce that a new version of API Console is now available. It brings multiple changes and new tooling. Read more to learn what’s new in this release.

API Console is an application to automatically generates documentation for an API from a RAML or Open API definition. It is done by generating an AMF data model thanks to the AMF parser or the “webapi-parser” module.

How to secure your APIs in MuleSoft’s Anypoint Platform

In my daily interactions with MuleSoft customers, I always get the question what I regard as the most effective way to secure Mule applications and APIs on the Anypoint Platform. A majority of our customers deploy their Mule applications on CloudHub — our MuleSoft managed and hosted cloud offering. So by the default, any application that gets deployed on CloudHub is exposed to the outside world and needs to be secured — from an access and authentication perspective,

Setting up Postman for easier development with Anypoint Platform APIs

Postman has become the standard for any developer working with APIs. It provides an intuitive interface that allows developers to easily configure, interact, and test APIs.

How APIs can help CURE the Innovator’s Dilemma

December 19 2019

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Let’s face it: digital transformation isn’t about digitizing. Every company is already using digital information and software applications, and those who are converting paper records and processes to digital ones are hardly getting ahead of the curve. Digital transformation is about surviving and thriving in the digital economy. Where the 20th century industrial economy was relatively stable for successful corporations, this century’s economy is volatile. There is money to be made, but each coin has an opportunity on one side and a threat on the other.

Divide and conquer: Decoupling API provider and consumer lifecycles

Like any product, APIs and client apps that use APIs have their own lifecycles. They each experience their own Create, Publish, Realize, Maintain, and Retire phases. When things go well, services will experience important use (and re-use) and grow to maturity to provide significant contributions to your company’s performance. And client apps will use APIs that connect to one or more services and, in their own way, create their own cycle of growth and maturity to increase revenue and/or customer use in ways that also spells success for your organization.

How API standards underpin an effective API strategy

November 21 2019

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At MuleSoft, we’ve worked hard to develop programs and guidelines to help our customers and the market see APIs as more than just project outcomes. APIs are digital products, worthy of respect throughout their whole lifetime, and critical enablers of ongoing digital transformation.

That’s why I was really excited when we announced our API Strategy Workshops. They provide practical support to implement our API Strategy Blueprint.

How to design message-driven and event-driven APIs

Asynchronous messaging is critical to creating a truly scalable system, where various services can communicate with each other easily, can scale up and down independently, and where one service failing won’t cause all the other services to fail. With the trend of microservices in full swing, this has become even more important. As Tim Bray from Amazon stated: “The proportion of services I work on where queues are absolutely necessary rounds to 100%.”

Event-driven architectures and the AsyncAPI specification

September 24 2019

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I’m at the Barcelona airport. It’s summer and I’m finally going to visit my family in Badajoz after a long period. The queue at the security checkpoint looks endless but I have time. The phone rings. It’s my mom, she’s excited that I’m visiting and is giving me an update on how things are there now.

Sustainable API migration with the S*T*A*R pattern

Use the star pattern for API migrations

A key element of any healthy API program is the ability to upgrade and migrate existing services in your ecosystem without causing fatal service disruptions. It takes a concerted effort to safely and successfully complete API migrations and, in my experience, organizations who can consistently upgrade their running systems share a common set of skills and employ similar techniques.