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Developers: APIs are crucial to business, but tough to get right

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A survey of API developers claims security, customer satisfaction, and speed of deployment are among the biggest challenges
APIs matter, big time, and not offering an API deprives your software or service of a crucial audience. But it’s tough to get an API right because of unintegrated tooling, security issues, and the difficulty of iterating and resolving problems quickly.

These and other insights are part of the “State of API Survey Report 2016” issued this week by API testing and tooling company Smartbear. Assembled from surveys of more than 2,300 developers in 104 countries, the report looked at four major categories: technology and tools, development and delivery, quality and performance, and consumption and usage.

[Read the full article on InfoWorld here]

Developer.aero adopts new Open API Definition Format via 3Scale Platform

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We are delighted to be associated with the latest global API standards initiative which is being driven by a new organization, the OAI (Open API Initiative). This non profit organisation is aiming to create a new, more formal description format for Web APIs, provisionally called OADF (Open API Description Format).

The Initiative is hoping to create an open technical community within which members can easily contribute to building a vendor neutral, portable and open specification, which will extend the existing Swagger specification, for providing metadata for RESTful APIs.

The Developer.aero platform, which currently uses the Swagger specification, will adopt the new OADF specification going forward, and will automatically keep up to date with the new versions.

[Read the full article on developer.aero]

Interview with Tony Tam on the Open API Initiative and Latest Swagger News

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After the Linux Foundation announced the formation of the Open API Initiative (OAI) in the beginning of November with an impressive list of founding members, API developers had questions about the role OAI would play driving consensus around standards.

Tony Tam, founder of the Swagger project, addressed some of these questions later in November at the API Strategy and Practice Conference in Austin, Texas. InfoQ met Tony at the conference to get in-depth answers to questions we felt our readers would want to ask.

InfoQ: Can you tell us more about your new role at SmartBear and why you recently decided to join them?

[Read the full artilce on InfoQ]

Open Source Projects Further RESTful API-Based Development

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Open source projects are emerging to further software development practices based on RESTful APIs, which are becoming more instrumental in providing app back-end services and other functionality.

To establish standards and guidance for how REST APIs are described, SmartBear Software recently launched an open source project under governance of The Linux Foundation called the Open API Initiative(OAI). Meanwhile, other vendors are open sourcing their own homegrown API-based projects, as DreamFactory Software Inc. has done with its back-end for mobile, Web and Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

[Read full story at ADTMag]

IBM collaborates with Yes Bank, Bian to promote the API economy

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IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced API Harmony an intelligent cloud-based API matchmaking technology for developers as part of a series of technology, product and services announcements to advance the growing API Economy.

API Harmony provides a unique developer experience, using cognitive technologies like machine learning and graph technology to anticipate what a developer will require to build new apps, make recommendations on which APIs to use, show API relationships, and identify what is missing.

The API Economy – a commercial exchange of business functions, capabilities, or competencies as services packaged in APIs – is the driving force behind much of the digital transformation across industries today, enabling business leaders to transform their organizations, build new ecosystems and monetize core assets, services and products. The API Economy is estimated to become a $2.2 Trillion market by 2018.1 According to IT Research and Advisory Firm Ovum, during the next two to three years, the number of enterprises having an API program is expected to increase by 150 percent.
[Read the full article at FinExtra.com]

New Collaborative Project to Extend Swagger Specification for Building Connected Applications and Services

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwired – Nov 5, 2015) – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux and collaborative development, today is announcing the Open API Initiative. Founding members of the Open API Initiative include 3Scale, Apigee, Capital One, Google, IBM, Intuit, Microsoft, PayPal, Restlet and SmartBear.

The Initiative will extend the Swagger specification and format to create an open technical community within which members can easily contribute to building a vendor neutral, portable and open specification for providing metadata for RESTful APIs. This open specification will allow both humans and computers to discover and understand the capabilities of the respective services with a minimal amount of implementation logic. The Initiative will also promote and facilitate the adoption and use of an open API standard.

“Swagger is considered one of the most popular frameworks for building APIs. When an open source project reaches this level of maturity, it just can’t be managed by one company, organization or developer,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation. “The Open API Initiative will extend this technology to advance connected application development through open standards.”

[Read the full article on Reuters]

SmartBear Launches Open API Initiative with Key Industry Leaders including Google, IBM and Microsoft

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New Initiative under The Linux Foundation to Create Open Approach to Governing the Evolution of Swagger Specification

SmartBear Software, the leader in software quality tools for the connected world, has launched the Open API Initiative (OAI) under The Linux Foundation with key industry leaders including Google, IBM and Microsoft. The goal of the OAI is to create an open approach to governing the continued evolution of the Swagger Specification used for describing RESTful APIs.

APIs form the connecting glue between modern applications. Nearly every application contains APIs to connect with corporate data sources, third party data services or other applications. Creating an open description format for API services that is vendor neutral, portable and open is critical to accelerating the vision of a truly connected world.

In organizing the OAI, SmartBear is donating the Swagger Specification to the foundation. Independently, SmartBear continues to invest heavily to foster the Swagger community, ecosystem and tooling built on top of the Swagger Specification. With over 350,000 downloads per month of Swagger and Swagger tooling, the Swagger Specification is the world’s most popular description format for defining RESTful APIs.

[Read the full article on Virtual Strategy Magazine]