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Slice
During our last post, we discussed a few use cases for leveraging the technology of the Slice API to its full potential. In this installment, we will take you through how integration with our API has enabled developers to create their own unique user experiences. The great thing about the Slice API is that our technology empowers developers with endless opportunities to create experiences that help users with all aspects of the post-purchase experience. We’ve worked with startups like Gone and Trov that help customers manage their purchases, with help from our item level data. Our real-time shipment tracking also…
Simon Grondin
At Mashape, we’ve been building a new product, APIAnalytics, to let anyone easily track and monitor anything related to HTTP in their applications. To be successful, it needs to be extremely easy to plug any application into it. There’s many ways to achieve that with as little friction as possible, such as agents and libraries for every popular language, but for now let’s talk about HTTP proxies. Some of our requirements for HARchiver, our official lightweight proxy for APIAnalytics are:
    No dependencies Sub-millisecond latency Blazing®™ Fast© 100% reliable
Skip to the benchmarks

Design decisions

We’re going to be…
Augusto Marietti
During the weekend Kong crossed 10,000 downloads.  Today Kong is 89 days old and you can find all the open issues and our roadmap in the Gtihub repo.  Thousands of instances started with Kong, the majority were located in Virginia as it’s the most popular AWS data center. Kong hit version 0.4 only last week (OAuth2.0 and Analytics plugins) but it’s already used in mission critical production environments, from small VC backed startups to Global2000.   Kong IPs Map   The most popular Kong distribution is Docker, followed by Debian, Centos and Ubuntu. You can try Kong on…
Marco Palladino
The latest update of Kong (0.4.0) includes some new exciting features, including:

Improvements:

    OAuth 2.0 Plugin Mashape Analytics Plugin IP Restriction Plugin, with whitelist and blacklist support (including CIDR) The resolver now supports wildcard domains, like: *.myapi.com CORS support in the Admin API Rate-Limiting Plugin now supports chaining multiple limits together Several bug fixes (especially in the SSL and Basic Authentication Plugins) HTTP Log Plugin now supports HTTPS endpoints. Full changelog is available on Kong’s repository
To update to the latest version, simply follow the installation instructions.

Roadmap to 0.5.0

The next major release will need to address some…
Ah, weather apps.  Often imitated, often duplicated.  There are literally hundreds of weather apps out there pulling the same weather data and they’re all basically the same… right?  What if you could make an app about weather that wasn’t a weather app though?  Travel, lifestyle, sports, bridal and many other types of apps using weather, that would be pretty cool right?  Well that’s what we’re doing. Sure, weather apps are great and can definitely benefit from our forecasts.  In fact one of the most popular weather apps on the market, 1Weather, recently started including our long range forecasts.  But for…
In our last post, we introduced the Slice API and shared with you a bit of the journey that inspired us to offer a public API for developers to retrieve purchase history from their users who have opted in.  We touched on a few of the use cases, but didn’t go into much depth on what we see as the potential reach of our technology.  So today, we’re going to describe a few of the most compelling concepts that we’ve seen for our data integrations that we’ve seen at hackathons or mocked up internally and haven’t had time to build…
Augusto Marietti
We’re excited to bring real-time analytics to microservices and APIs with the release of Mashape Analytics the first purpose-built, open analytics platform designed specifically for API-centric architectures. Developers, DevOps and Product Managers can now easily understand which APIs are used most frequently, from what endpoints and by which paying customers.  With this vital insight they’re better prepared to manage their applications. The Platform is divided in two main sections:  

API Reports

 

API Logs

  Based on the incredible feedback we received from our community, we’re proud to offer a feature rich analytics platform.  Built internally to analyze…
Slice
The Slice API provides developers with item-level purchase history for their opted-in users, enabling enhanced and personalized experiences with online shopping data from more than 500,000 merchants. Once a user has opted into our service, we draw primarily on the purchases contained in their email inboxes, and provide extremely high-accuracy data on spending habits, which merchants a user tends to buy from, how much a user spends on different types of products, and so on, as well as up-to-date information on the status of any shipments that a user has in flight. We power apps that deal with all aspects…
Marco Palladino
The latest update of Kong (0.3.2) ships with several new features, including:

Improvements

    Support for SSL through an SSL Plugin. APIs can be resolved by an endpoint path. HTTP Log Plugin. Response Transformer Plugin. Request Size Limiting Plugin. Full changelog available on Kong’s repository
To update to the latest version, simply follow the installation instructions to reinstall Kong.

Roadmap to 0.4.0

    OAuth 2.0 Plugin Analytics Plugin Documentation for creating new private/public plugins in order to customize Kong
As always, we would like to invite you to contribute to the project by opening issues, submitting pull requests and chatting with the…
Orlando
KONG, the king of open-source API management platforms, is in my (totally not biased) opinion an extremely cool tool. From startups to enterprises, companies have tons of APIs (growth of APIs within Mashape) and they need to be managed in a simple and effective way. Instead of building functionalities into each microservice KONG deploys a solution for managing them based on your needs – focus on excelling at microservices instead of the boring stuff.

Microservices just like sushi

When I was explaining microservices to my cousin, and why they’re cool, I told him to imagine microservices like awesome…
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