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API News Roundup – August 2020


Summer is coming to an end, and that means back to school. So we are taking you back to school with our monthly API news roundup. Here is your look at the top API News headlines for August 2020.

Top 3 Ways to Use Analyst Reports to Your Full Advantage

Most developers do not have a seat holder license with an industry analyst firm. That doesn’t mean that you can’t and shouldn’t get your hands on analyst reports and use them to your advantage. After we look at a few of the ways you can use them, I will give you some tips on scoring them for free.

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The Forrester Wave™: API Management Solutions, Q3 2020, Forrester Research, Inc.

In their 26-criterion evaluation of API management solutions providers, Forrester identified the 15 most significant ones — Axway, Broadcom, Google, IBM, Kong, Microsoft, MuleSoft, Perforce Software, Red Hat, Sensedia, Software AG, TIBCO Software, Torry Harris Integration Solutions, Tyk Technologies, and WSO2 — and researched, analyzed, and scored them. This report shows how each provider measures up and helps application development and delivery (AD&D) professionals select the right one for their needs.

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Twitter launches new API as it tries to make amends with third-party developers

Twitter is making it easier for businesses, academics, and third-party developers to build on its platform with the launch of its API v2 today. The company announced the new API last month, but as the news arrived the day after it was hit by one of the most devastating hacks in social media history, it decided to delay the launch. Notably, Twitter is presenting the API v2 not only as a way to deliver new features faster but as something of a reset in its long and fractious relationship with the app’s developer community.

Read the Verge article.

Which U.S. states are using Apple’s Exposure Notification API for COVID-19 contact tracing?

In this story, 9to5Mac is tracking which U.S. states are committed to supporting the Exposure Notifications API in iOS and Android apps, which states are against using the contact tracing method, and which states are undecided.

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‘Payment Request API’ to Streamline Ecommerce Checkouts, Improve Security

A standard application programming interface is helping to eliminate website checkout forms and improve the ecommerce experience on desktop, laptop, and mobile devices. Ecommerce businesses that adopt the approach early could gain a competitive advantage.

IBM creates an open source tool to simplify API documentation

APIs are essential to programming, but they can get complicated. IBM has launched a new tool for developers that should make writing API documentation a bit easier: The OpenAPI Comment Parser.

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APIs Will Decentralize CBDCs

According to several surveys, up to 80% of central banks are exploring the prospect of launching a central bank digital currency (CBDC). Furthermore, the Bank International Settlements (BIS) has essentially said “let’s get on with it” and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is now making the case for a public/private model of CBDC implementation.

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E*TRADE Launches API Developer Platform

E*TRADE Financial today announced the E*TRADE Equity Edge Online (EEO) Developer Platform.

With this launch, stock plan administrators and their technology teams can create bespoke APIs that leverage the extensive capabilities of EEO, like submitting participant, grant, payroll, and transactional data, according to the firm.

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API Security Need to Know: Questions Every Executive Should Ask About Their APIs

As your digital transformation accelerates, its API volume and usage has accelerated in tandem. It is also very likely that your API security efforts have lagged behind your increase in API usage. Unlike other more mature areas of cybersecurity, the API security market is still relatively nascent and fractured. When people talk of API security, they mean lots of different things – securing the API endpoints, implementing web application firewalls (WAFs), bot management, API governance, or monitoring.

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API Growth: Why and How APIs Are Growing in the Time of COVID

With a pandemic that has disrupted businesses globally, APIs are being used for new services that are being consumed daily. With that has come the growth of API usage. In this article, we explore several reasons why.

Thank you for reading our API News roundup — July 2020. We’ll see you next month with more API headlines.

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