API Ratings: Who won the week? | March 30 – April 6, 2020

We have finally staggered out of March and into another month of the COVID-19 crisis. And that time of the week and has come when we discuss the State of the APIs over the last 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 the APIs we [...]

By |2020-07-15T07:53:23-07:00April 8th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Effectively Securing and Scaling API Infrastructures

Join our CEO, David O'Neill, for a webinar hosted by Ping Identity on the challenges of scaling and securing API solutions. Date/Time: February 27th @ 11AM MT Title: Innovators Panel Discussion: Effectively Securing and Scaling API infrastructures Abstract: Speed, precision, intelligence and security are differentiating the next wave of industry leaders from their competition. Organizations are counting on APIs for broader access to increasingly sensitive data and services. They’re also using a variety of disruptive technologies to secure and scale their API infrastructures, ensuring customer data and sensitive IP are never at risk. Join us for a panel discussion on [...]

By |2019-02-06T15:30:28-08:00February 6th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Online Banking: The Dream of Being the Amazon (or Facebook or Netfix) of Money

There's a fascinating article over at Quartz about the battle in the online banking world to be the Amazon (or Facebook or Netfix) of money. Despite the title, the article's not really got much to say about Musk. He founded X.com in 1999 for online banking, which merged with Peter Thiel's Confinity, which had a product called PayPal, which turned out to be pretty successful and eventually provided Musk with wherewithal to launch SpaceX and Tesla. As I often say, ideas are easy – making them a reality is the hard part. So it was easy to come up with [...]

By |2018-10-08T09:49:32-07:00October 8th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Equifax and AWS: How One Minor Thing Can Pull Down Performance

It's always fascinating to us how your choice of Cloud Host can impact your performance. For example, we noticed some issues with the Equifax API we monitor. There are a lot of issues. Over the last week alone, there have been protracted periods when the endpoint doesn't respond to queries at all which affected everyone. However, we did notice a significant difference in latency between the 4 major clouds. AWS calls were, on average, almost 1.5 seconds longer than calls made from other clouds. When we drilled into this, we could see that for some reason DNS calls made [...]

By |2018-04-18T08:29:45-07:00April 16th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Don’t Trust That 200 OK! 200 OK Is Not Necessarily OK – At All

We've often made the point that 200 OK is not necessarily OK. But I don't think the point can be made enough: 200 OK is not necessarily OK – at all! Just because you are getting a 200 back doesn't mean that there isn't a problem with the API. You need to check what you get back. Sometimes that's easy. You know exactly what you are going to get back. In that case, it might enough just to check the size of the returned payload. But in other case, the size might change. If I am interested in the weather [...]

By |2018-04-05T07:38:13-07:00April 9th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Monitoring the Untestable – A White Paper from APImetrics

APImetrics has just published Monitoring the Untestable, a new white paper that focuses on the Catch-22* at the heart of PSD2 and open banking: if you don’t actively monitor your production environment with synthetic transactions, you have no idea whether your bank’s APIs are truly compliant at any given moment. But banks are often reluctant (with good reason) to allow testing in the live environment. As we've said, to manage your APIs, you must monitor them. But if you are only passively monitoring your APIs, you are not monitoring them – which means you are not managing them. So, it's important to actively monitor [...]

Why Measure Your API?

Here's a short tale of 2 API calls. They're both from large, well-known American companies. The API calls are doing exactly the same thing. We won't say what, because that would give the game away – and we don't want to do that. They're not complicated REST APIs. They're pretty simple. Both have security, both calling their respective providers' Sandboxes. Only, one of them is half a second faster than the other. And not only is one faster than the other; one is more consistent, showing almost no variation day-to-day. Bear in mind that these are 'smoothed' averages for [...]

By |2017-09-28T11:49:07-07:00September 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Trust But Verify…

Cloud API Hosting Comparisons One of the ways people use APImetrics is to validate what their hosting and hosting optimization services are actually doing versus what they say they are doing. You might have a hosting provider who claims to provide the fastest routing options from A to B, and that's entirely possible, but if their DNS servers struggle with mapping to public locations, or they don't work well with another service which handles IP address routing then you may be wasting your money. We have had customers who've been assured that a service like Akamai are [...]

By |2017-09-28T11:51:20-07:00September 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Artificial Intelligence, AGIs and APIs: What are AGIs?

The term "artificial intelligence" was coined in 1955 by John McCarthy as the title of a workshop at Dartmouth College in 1956. But AI as we know had already been around for a few years by then. McCulloch and Pitts published their original paper on neural nets in 1943. Wiener's Cybernetics appeared in 1948. Turing's seminal Mind paper in which he defined the Turing Test was published in 1950 and he was giving talks on the topic on the BBC around the same time. Ashby invented the homeostat in the late 1940s and published Design for a Brain in 1952. [...]

By |2018-06-05T09:23:31-07:00August 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|1 Comment