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Attempting to define API governance

By Arnaud Lauret, September 8, 2022

In the collective unconscious, API governance often rhymes with API police. Reducing API governance to the need for order caused by the chaos of an organization’s myriad APIs is too reductive, and it risks not looking at the problem at hand from the right angle. Why not define API governance relatively to IT governance, corporate governance, and governance to better understand what it is?

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OpenAPI Specification Reference Series - Part 2

What is the info property in OpenAPI?

By Arnaud Lauret, July 21, 2022

The info property of an OpenAPI document contains metadata that provides an overview of an API, but what does it represent exactly? How did it evolve across the OpenAPI Specification versions? And how to can it be used and misused? This is the second post in the OpenAPI Specification Reference series.

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OpenAPI Specification Reference Series - Part 1

What is the openapi property?

By Arnaud Lauret, July 6, 2022

No OpenAPI document without the openapi property, but what does it represent? How did it evolve across the OpenAPI Specification versions? And how to take advantage of it? This is the first post in the OpenAPI Specification Reference series.

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Lint APIs with Spectral

By Arnaud Lauret, June 15, 2022

Are you struggling to design consistent APIs? On the verge of losing sanity while checking every single property of every schema is camelCased? Never remembering the parameters to use for pagination? Spectral is the tool you need: it will lint JSON Schema, AsyncAPI, and OpenAPI documents and do those checks for you.

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The 15 rules of the OpenAPI-based tools club

By Arnaud Lauret, June 1, 2022

The OpenAPI Specification can facilitate everyone’s life and participate in the creation of better APIs and a better API ecosystem. But it will work only if the members of the OpenAPI-based tools club follow the rules.

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The 3 benefits of creating OpenAPI-based tools (the right way)

By Arnaud Lauret, May 25, 2022

Supporting The OpenAPI Specification (fka. Swagger Specification) format when creating Web API tools is a must-have. Not for the sake of the format itself but rather because of the benefits you’ll get from it. But those benefits will come only if OpenAPI is used the right way.

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What is the OpenAPI Specification?

By Arnaud Lauret, May 18, 2022

OpenAPI, or the OpenAPI Specification, formerly known as the Swagger Specification, is a machine-readable and human-friendly API description format. That short description is correct but does not help to understand what it is OpenAPI: it’s the Rosetta Stone of the Web API world. Let’s see why.

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Internal/private APIs and money Series - Part 3

Why monetizing and crowdfunding internal/private APIs?

By Arnaud Lauret, May 11, 2022

Jumping into the API-first train, even only focusing on private/internal APIs, will have an impact on budgets. Organizations need to find ways to redistribute budgets in order to enable any team that needs to provide APIs to do it in the best possible conditions. Is monetizing private/internal API the solution? Would crowdfunding private make sense?

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Internal/private APIs and money Series - Part 2

When internal API development and hosting costs collide with API-First strategy

By Arnaud Lauret, April 27, 2022

An often unintended consequence of an internal API-first strategy is having teams with not much IT jumping, willingly or not, in the API train. That inevitably will raise budget questions which answers will determine the success of the API-first strategy.

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Twitter API v2 Tips and Tricks Series

Rendering simple text tweets with their authors

By Arnaud Lauret, April 25, 2022

Let’s learn to use Twitter v2 API tweets lookup operations to render simple text tweets and their author just like Twitter does. We’ll learn a few things about API design and API documentation in general and Postman based API documentation in particular in the making. I hope this will give you some ideas for the design and documentation of your API.

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