About Paul Cray

Machine Learning Specialist at APImetrics.

Your API Management System: Using The Wrong Tool Can Be Dangerous, Cost More, And Take Longer

IT is a function of your business, so you need to manage it. And IT is responsible for the APIs that your business increasingly relies on as vital components in mission-critical workflows. Which is to say that you need an API management system. There are lots. Just take a look at the Wikipedia page on API management! There are also a lot of different aspects to API management. One is an API monitoring system. (We can have an interesting discussion about what exactly is meant by API monitoring. See Andrew Slivker's article on Nevatech's blog that I plan on responding [...]

By | June 22nd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Want To Monitor Internal APIs? It’s As Easy as Raspberry Pi

Making calls to API endpoints from one of our 64 cloud locations on five continents isn't ideal – or even possible – for every API stakeholder. Many APIs are purely internal. No one is going to be calling them from any cloud location on any continent. But your internal APIs are just as mission-critical as any external, third-party API. In fact, internal APIs might well be more important. Monitoring is a vital part of any API management process, although one all too often neglected – especially for internal APIs. But luckily, we have a solution for the issue of monitoring [...]

By | June 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What Are Your APIs Doing Right Now, In The Real World? API Integration And Management

One of the current hot topics in the API world is API integration. That's because more businesses use APIs to glue services together, whether provided by other units in the same organization or by third parties. Then they bolt them onto existing processes as part of mission-critical workflows. It's a bit Rube Goldberg-esque (Heath Robinson-esque to us Brits). Keeping it all working from minute to minute becomes ever more pressing. Take one particular business domain: video content provision. The average video content provider probably consumes APIs from 10-15 third-party services (both free and paid) to support functionality such as ad [...]

By | June 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Leavin’ On A Jet Plane (Or Not, If You Tried To Fly British Airways)

Were you hoping to be a passenger on a British Airways flight over the weekend? So were ten of thousands of other travelers. The sheer logistic disruption (planes in the wrong place, getting luggage where it is supposed to be) is taking several days to sort out. And that's not to mention how long it might take to sort the most pressing IT issues. BA has said the problem was caused by a power surge that led to some networking hardware failing, and then the all-important messaging systems failing. But BA was already experiencing significant IT issues on Friday, with [...]

By | June 1st, 2017|Enterprise IT, Opinion, Sectors, Travel|0 Comments

What is a Web API? APImetrics Explains it All

"What is a web API?" At APImetrics, we actually get this question a lot. And I found someone asking this question recently on Quora as well. I answered it there, and I thought it'd be helpful to post it here, too. Happy learning! To understand what a web API is, it’s necessary to understand what makes a HTTP request to an API different from a HTTP request to any old URI (Universal Resource Indicator, which typically might be a webpage). Generally, we might expect that a HTTP server will return HTML. After all, it is the Hypertext Transfer Protocol. But [...]

API Changes: Making Sure Your Calls Work After The Switch

One of the things about APIs is that they're subject to change. API changes might be because the API endpoints and methods have been changed. In this case, a good API provider will give its users plenty of warning about API changes. There will also probably be a grace period as the deprecated and new versions of the API operate side-by-side before the switch. Even if you pay for the API, it's going to be up to you to make sure the third-party API you depend on is going to ensure continuity of service. But it's all too easy to [...]

By | May 23rd, 2017|Enterprise IT, Opinion, Uncategorized|0 Comments

2030 Web Resources: Intelligent Knowledge Bases & Event Horizons?

In 2004, pretty much nobody was worrying about RESTful APIs. But we've seen an exponential increase in interest over the past 13 years. If that interest continues for the next 13 years, 2030 web resources might be very different. We might hit the API Event Horizon! It’s possible that the RESTful paradigm might go the way of SOAP. But HTTP has been around for over a quarter-century now. It's very probable we'll still be using it in 2030. And if we're not, something else will take its place that we'll have to worry about. So it's a good bet that [...]

By | May 22nd, 2017|Opinion|0 Comments

Chase and Expensify: No, You Can’t Expense It (For Now)

If you're a customer of Chase trying to upload your expenses using Expensify, take a breather. Go get a latte. On the afternoon of May 18 (PDT), visitors to the Expensify website read this announcement: Effective May 17, 2017, Chase began rejecting all of our connections to their Direct Connect service without warning. As a result, though our end of the connection has not changed, we are not able to import any transactions for any type of Chase card until the blockage is removed from Chase's side. Expensify added: “This is not due to any security concerns.” So, it’s not [...]

By | May 18th, 2017|Fintech, News, Travel|0 Comments

4 Big API Questions that Every API Stakeholder Needs to Answer

Generally speaking, there are four big API questions that every API stakeholder needs to answer: Discovery: How do I know there’s an API? Documentation: What does the API do, and how? Authorization: How do I get to use the API? Quality/performance monitoring: Does the API do what it is supposed to do? An experienced API engineering team can help with these issues. But none of them are particularly quick, easy or cheap matters to handle. Discovery You can look somewhere like Programmable Web to find out what APIs are out there. It currently lists more than 17,461 APIs. That’s a [...]

By | May 16th, 2017|Opinion, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Everything You Need to Know About the APImetrics CASC Score

One of the things about APIs is that they're complicated. There's a lot of things that can and do wrong. So there are many metrics that we measure for each API. That's why we came up with the CASC Score as part of our APImetrics Insights analytics package. CASC stands for Cloud API Service Consistency. What is a CASC Score? Simply put, you don't want to know just that your API is performing. You also want to know HOW it is performing. Our CASC Score is a number between 0 and 1000 that tells you how well an API performed [...]

By | April 21st, 2017|Summary, Support|1 Comment