In an earlier blog post, we talked about how Anypoint Exchange has evolved in the November 2017 release, to make it easier for consumers to discover, learn, test and consume API assets. In this blog, we will talk about latest features added to API Manager and how they tie with Anypoint Exchange to help users better manage and govern their API assets.
I’ve always wondered how other software teams work. From the design experiences at Airbnb to the development practices at Spotify – these kinds of backstage stories are a great source of inspiration for me. So when Alex Li, Product Manager of Studio, asked me to write about custom policy support in Studio 6.1, my answer was, “Yes, of course! But I’d love to write about what happened behind the scenes.”
What is a custom policy?
We often expose the proxy APIs that connect applications to their backend APIs. With a proxy API, the application continues to run without issue and continue to call and connect to the backend API while a developer is editing it. Exposing a proxy API also protects the backend API from the world, shielding the real IP address.
The advantage of using a proxy is having a layer of separation to ensure that any attacks against our API are stopped well before anyone interacts with our main servers.
This week we’ve released a number of updates to Anypoint Platform, including new versions of API Manager, Anypoint Analytics, Anypoint API Gateway, Anypoint MQ and Anypoint Partner Manager. These updates provide improved usability for Anypoint Platform admins and owners.
API Manager 1.8.0
This release delivers a new admin user experience and improves policy management for API administrators with the following features:
Based on user feedback,
When deployed as an API Gateway and managed with API Manager, the highly performant Anypoint Platform enables you to control which traffic is authorized to pass through your APIs to various backend services, meter the traffic flowing through your API, log transactions, and apply runtime policies.
A policy is a mechanism the gateway uses to enforce filters on traffic as it flows through the gateway.
The general guiding principles of the Zen philosophy can actually be quite helpful in designing the Anypoint Platform for APIs‘ deployment architecture. The emphasis on having a holistic approach, while striving for simplicity, symmetry, and minimalism, works as well for meditation as for coming up with a stable, robust and secure architecture. Here, we will outline the four most common models in use today that dovetail with the teachings of the Zen philosophy.
I recently had a customer wanting to build a simple UI to maintain additional filtering data associated to a defined “Contract” contained within API Manager. This code would have to run outside of the MuleSoft eco-system, as a service, within a JAVA Data Layer container environment.
My goal was to develop a very simple JAVA API Manager Client Access Example, whose concept prototype could be used as a basis to construct a necessary Mashup of API Manager Resources and Custom Client oriented resources.