APIs versus web services

apis versus web services

What is the difference between web APIs and web services? Let’s start off with an analogy: all tigers are cats but not all cats are tigers. In a similar way, all web services are APIs, but not all APIs are web services. Web APIs and web services are often confused with each other; however, web APIs are an evolution of web services. Both facilitate information transfer, but web APIs are more dynamic than web services are.

What type of API is right for my project?

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There are various types of APIs, the most popular of which is Web API––otherwise known as a Web Service. A Web API provides an interface for Web applications, or applications that need to connect to each other via the Internet to communicate. Web APIs have exploded exponentially, reaching over 17,000 in 2017. There are four popular subcategories of Web APIs, including SOAP, XML-RPC, JSON-RPC, and REST.

Three common API design mistakes and how to overcome them


Jason Harmon, head of APIs at engaging forms tool Typeform, and namesake of the JSON schema, gave a fantastic proactive talk at a recent APIdays conference about “the things that break stuff in production.” Three things in fact.

Common API mistakes

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Do you know if you are doing it right?

This is the question that many of us are faced with when starting with APIs, and quite invariably, there would be either of two broad scenarios that we generally find ourselves in. We are either starting green field under the clear blue sky with every little thing to elicit, introspect, and design; or else we are in a continuum, trying to understand the current system,

Dev Guide: Build a Mule integration with a Slack slash command (Part 3)

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Picking up from the second part of this series, this blog post will wrap up building an end-to-end API solution. For the first post, you abstracted source systems with APIs to add flexibility, ease of consumption, and increase adoption and integration possibilities.

Dev Guide: Design Reusable APIs to Save Time (Part 1)

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Here at MuleSoft, we talk a lot about how API-led connectivity can speed up your development cycles, and I’m here to guide you through how to do it. The API-led approach is a natural evolution from developing libraries, writing digestible markdown files, and sharing them on GitHub.

How to implement the file upload process in a REST API

September 25 2017

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This post was written by one of the stars in our developer community, Thiago Santana. 

File-sharing is one of the most elementary ways to perform system integration. In the context of web applications, we call “upload” the process in which a user sends data/files from a local computer to a remote computer.

Twilio’s Top 3 Tips For Building APIs So Developers Actually Use Them

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This blog post is a guest contribution from Jonas Borjesson, Tech Lead SIP at Twilio Inc.

Harnessing the power of APIs is the key to competing in the new era of software. APIs provide the agility developers and businesses need to iterate and innovate quickly, and they’re everywhere. Businesses all over the world are looking to roll out or even acquire APIs, but if they don’t succeed at winning over developers,

Reusable KPIs for Reusable APIs: The Metrics – Part 2

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In part 1 of this post, we have established the overall value proposition of defining reusable KPIs in an attempt to assess and drive the concept of reuse within your API platform. Once the capability to establish and monitor both abstract baselines and progress against them have been established within an enterprise, the next step is to determine what metrics are worth tracking, where they break down, and how they relate to each other.

Reusable KPIs for Reusable APIs: The Value Prop – Part 1

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A lot of enterprise IT concepts and tools have experienced dramatic change in the last decade. Several long-lived rules of thumb have faded into irrelevance. However, one conceptual holy grail has survived the volatility of the IT transformation toward all things cloud, DevOps, and APIs: reuse. Like historical explorers seeking the Northwest Passage, enterprise IT executives have long sought out ways (e.g. SOA) to drive down the cost of solution development through code reuse.