Issue #3

Issue #3

Hello world and welcome back! While working through some example code tutorials a few days ago, I ran across some interesting articles on APIs and their transformative role in the highly digital economy. I thought I’d use this space to briefly discuss the need for API’s across organizations and why they’ve become so crucial for growth. I’m sure many of you are familiar with the term, but felt it to be a good topic to revisit, especially in relation to business strategy.

In short, an API (Application Programming Interface) creates a ‘portal’ that allows for applications to communicate and interact with one another in a safe and secure way. The API’s themselves rely on some sort of proprietary underlying data contained by the provider, but allows (through abstraction) a number of methods and protocols to interact with this data and build on top of it. An analogous example would be two parties who have separate pieces of information calling one another to get the information - if they dial the right number and ask for something in the correct manner, the other party will provide the specific information requested.

Some of the more common examples in modern applications include the Google Maps APIFacebook Login API, as well as the Stripe API (Payment processing).

The primary reason that companies choose to invest in creating and maintaining these API’s is twofold - in addition to improving the overall robustness of their platform, they also create opportunities for monetization (see links above - this works as a business in itself!). The company controls the accessibility and security of their data, but allows for external developers to easily build novel solutions through just a few simple lines of code.

If you’ve heard of or been to a Hackathon, you’ve likely seen numerous sponsors and affiliates who give out prizes (and sometimes interviews) to winning teams who best utilize their API’s. This 'free’ marketing is crucial in growing the brand and introducing new features to a passionate and influential crowd.

There is obviously no way to cover the depths of API’s and their endless applications, but there are some awesome resources online if interested.

On to Round 3! Will keep my thoughts short:

What Im Reading

The CEO of Automattic on Holding “Auditions” to Build a Strong TeamReally interesting approach to hiring and fit.

Tool I'm Using

MagnetI’ve been using this tool since early college and it has changed the way I work - would very strongly recommend.

Who I'm Watching

Shin Lim. He is spectacular. No one specific video but check him out on Youtube.

What I'm Listening to

Silhouette by Kyo. Piano and a drop :)