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API Ratings | Sept 14-21, 2020: Playing in Sandboxes

We are now in the final third of September(!) and that time of the week has already arrived again for us to look at some key API ratings over the past seven days. We recently launched API.expert as a simple way to provide everybody with insights into the API economy and the leading API ratings in different categories in particular. The basic service is free and will remain free. But other, related API ratings services will be built on top of it, including your very own API.expert dashboards if you want them! Each week, month, and year we’ll look at

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API Ratings | Sept 7-14, 2020: DocuSign Plunges

How did we already arrive at the middle of September?! Let’s take a look at some key API ratings over the past seven days. We recently launched API.expert as a simple way to provide everybody with insights into the API economy and the leading APIs in different categories in particular. The basic service is free and will remain free, but other, related services will be built on top of it, including your very own API.expert dashboards if you want them! Each week, month, and year we’ll look at API ratings in a variety of sectors for their quality CASC score

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API Rants – Trust but verify

There is an idiom in English, “you don’t let the foxes guard the hen house.” I’m not sure how well it translates, but the meaning is simple – don’t have people or things who can’t necessarily be trusted to do things requiring trust. This was essentially the sub-theme of my first API Rant where I opined that the monitoring industry was becoming quite self-serving. But it’s a topic to explore in more detail because it’s come back and annoyed me again during a conversation with one of the API industries top vendors. Me: (Explaining what we do and why people use

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API Ratings | Aug 31 – Sept 7, 2020: Oh, behave!

We are now striding boldly into September, and it’s time for another weekly roundup of our API ratings. We recently launched API.expert as a simple way to provide everybody with insights into the API economy and the leading APIs in different categories in particular. The basic service is free and will remain free, but other, related services will be built on top of it, including your very own API.expert dashboards if you want them! Each week, month and year we’ll look at the APIs we track in a variety of sectors for their quality CASC score (using our patented (US

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API Ratings | August, 2020: Etsy, why so slow?

The time has arrived when we disclose our API ratings for August 2020. We recently launched API.expert as a simple way to provide everybody with insights into the API economy and the leading APIs in different categories in particular. The basic service is free and will remain free, but other, related services will be built on top of it, including your very own API.expert dashboards if you want them! Each week, month and year we’ll look at the APIs we track in a variety of sectors for their quality CASC score (using our patented (US Patent 10,644,962, if you fancy

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API Rant: Begging the question…

API Rant… For this week’s API rant, a little story from history. When I was a kid, back when telephones were a thing in the hallway, my friends would phone up and say, “is David there?” My father, who, as the man who controlled the phone would sometimes reply, “yes.” And put the phone down. As he would explain to anybody who cared, the correct question is, “may I speak to David.” What does this have to do with APIs you may ask? Well, let me tell you. A discussion this week with @kin lane revealed an interesting conversational and

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API Ratings August 24-31, 2020: New Structure

The time of the week has once more rolled round for us to check on API ratings over the past seven days. Can you believe the year is two-thirds over?! We launched API.expert earlier in the year as a simple way to provide everybody with insights into the API economy and the leading APIs in different categories in particular. The basic service is free and will remain free, but other, related services will be built on top of it, including your very own API.expert dashboards. If something is missing that you think should be here, don’t hesitate to drop us

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API Ratings August 17-24, 2020: Cisco Spark

The time of the week has once more come around for API ratings from the last 7 days! We now find ourselves heading towards the end of August and we are experiencing torrential rain here in my part of Europe today.  We launched API.expert earlier in the year as a simple way to provide everybody with insights into the API economy and the leading APIs in different categories in particular. The basic service is free and will remain free, but other, related services will be built on top of it, including your very own API.expert dashboards if you want them! If something is missing that you think

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APImetrics Feature Update: New Statistics Views

APImetrics Feature Update: New Statistics Views In our rolling series of feature updates we have reached a new milestone with our new stats pages. The changes are designed to improve performance and make it easier to see and understand the data clearly. The key changes are: Summary reports now expand into full page reports You can change the details of the API you are looking at from the stats viewing page without leaving it Only locations where the API call is running show as an option now Improved latency mapping with a new regional summary view as well as the

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API Rant: TTFB – This is not the metric you are looking for

TTFB – This Isn’t The Metric You’re Looking For TTFB (Time to First Byte) is a metric used by Open Banking UK, and was originally defined by the Open Banking Implementation Entity. The trouble is, it’s also something of an example of Goodhart’s Law which is hugely problematic for monitoring. Essentially Goodhart states: Any observed statistical regularity will tend to collapse once pressure is placed upon it for control purposes. Goodhart’s Law – Wikipedia So, harkening back to my previous comments about how self-serving the monitoring industry is, if you define a metric, then you’re defining something somebody can game if you

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