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Enterprise architect's guide to API best practices and trends

Learn about latest advancements and API best practices in this guide. Get an introduction to design tips and strategies, and a glossary of must-know terms.


While anything but new, application program interfaces (APIs) haven't always in the spotlight. Now, the programming tool is becoming increasingly important, thanks to advances in mobile, cloud and machine-to-machine technologies.

More than ever before, organizations are looking for ways to speed API development as systems are becoming overwhelmed with data. Enterprise architects are commonly tasked with developing and managing APIs, making it critical to know how the technology is changing integration and software development.

This guide brings together a collection of articles and key terms related to API best practices and development. When you're done, see how much you've learned by taking our quiz.


Latest in API development and management

Whether your organization is a startup looking to become the next big sensation or a firmly established company, turning to an open API provides it the opportunity to share data. In order to effectively manage the cross-communication tool, it's important to be privy to API best practices and development trends.

Read on to get the basics of API development and management.


How to make API management, development and strategy choices

With the influx of mobile and cloud applications, it's more important than ever to have a sound API strategy in place. Continue Reading


Why an enterprise needs effective API management

While some of the hype around SOA architecture may have died down, the importance of API management remains. Continue Reading


How API development, SOA and the cloud come together

API development is becoming increasingly important, as APIs are playing a bigger role than in the past. Continue Reading


Advice for avoiding common API design traps

Architects need to look at a new kind of API design based on resources and verbs instead of technical, self-defining data models. Continue Reading


Where APIs are headed

It's not enough to be able to wrap your head around what an API can and can't do for an organization. Technology professionals have to be thinking one step ahead of what is currently taking place. Some experts predict cloud and mobile technologies are just beginning to impact APIs.

The following is a collection of articles focusing on the latest trends and API best practices.


Mobile, cloud applications push APIs to the next level

Basics found in REST will help keep developers from being overwhelmed as they navigate software application development. Continue Reading


Value, importance of APIs realized by IT departments

Delivering software is important, but in this age of social media and networked infrastructure, allowing various pieces of software to integrate seamlessly is of heightened importance. This makes the development of externally facing client APIs more important than ever. Continue Reading


Using Representational State Transfer (REST) and JSON to build APIs

Learn tips on best practices for building REST and JSON APIs from a presenter at JavaOne 2013. Continue Reading


Latest trends in API management and development

Experts share their insights on API development and what architects can do to keep track of the evolving technology. Continue Reading


Common API terms

This glossary provides definitions of terms related to APIs.


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