Let's face it, if you want to take advantage of your application programming interface, API monetization is half the battle. Today we interview Bruno Pedro on his recommendations for different API business models that take advantage of great developer experience.Read More
2016 is the year of banking APIs. Tech journalist Mark Boyd dives into how fintech startups, open banking standards and the banking API are changing the way traditional banking works, as they use new techniques like microservices and API strategy to break away from a legacy architecture to move towards a more agile, customer-centric approach.Read More
Welcome to The API Economist re-release, a resource dedicated to spreading the experience and advice of API pioneers for the technology and strategy of the API economy. We’re back from hiatus after our founder Apiphany was acquired by cloud platform and infrastructure leader Microsoft Azure in October 2013, and we relaunch under the patronage of Azure API Management. We’re kicking off with a slightly new look, a slightly new format, and even more up-and-coming and established API influencers.Read More
API Economist: I heard this quote, “Not having an API today is like not having a web site circa mid-90s.” Do you agree or disagree with this and why?
Byron Sebastian: No, I don't agree with it, I think it is a small minded way of thinking about the Internet and our industry.
APIs are a worthy technique used by developers to exchange data and data processing tasks. Right now APIs appear to be a critical part of the information revolution, one of the most important transformations in the history of civilization.
So I wouldn't compare APIs to building websites in the 90s, I'd compare APIs to the wheel, or the library, or mass production. It's both as big as those concepts and, once in your consciousness, as obvious (as "duh") as them.