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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…
Augusto Marietti
Last month Mashape launched Kong to provide the world with a free and open source API and Microservice management platform. We would like to share some general stats to the community since it’s a project that belongs to everyone. The community response has exceeded our expectations; in fact, we’ve also noticed how much work we still have to do to provide even more functionality to the API and Microservice ecosystem.

             – First 30 Days –


Github stars: 1,459 (so far the most popular OSS API & Microservice management solution) Github forks: 78 Gitter Chat: 82 members Emailing List: 320
Marco Palladino
The latest update of Kong (0.2.1) includes several bug fixes since the initial launch two weeks ago.


    Support for local DNS resolutions Support for Debian 8 and Ubuntu 15.04 Support for multiple Host headers (Kong now works well with Postman) Support for multiple host:port pairs in Cassandra Full changelog available on Kong’s repository
To update to the latest version, simply follow the installation instructions to reinstall Kong.

Roadmap to 0.3.0

This release is the foundation for the next major release (0.3.0) which will include:
    Better SSL support as the foundation for building the OAuth 2 plugin Plugin modularization
Christina Ng
The Mashape API Marketplace boasts more than 10,000 APIs from over 140,000 API developers around the world. To help you discover interesting APIs in various topics, we’re happy to introduce API collections, a curation of Mashape’s most popular APIs.   From SMS to sentiment analysis, image recognition to face detection/ recognition, we carefully handpick Mashape’s top APIs and curate them by categories just for you! On each of the API collections, you will find a short description of the API, with a consume API link that will bring you straight to the API’s documentation on Mashape.  …
Frédéric Harper
Creative Commons image: There is nothing more exciting than seeing hackers use their creativity in a small amount of time to create an amazing piece of software using APIs from Mashape. This is why we often participate and sponsor hackathons. Most of the time we sponsor a category prize; where to win, you must use one of the 10,000+ APIs in our marketplace. We strive to find cool prizes you’ll enjoy, such as Arduino or Raspberry Pi starting kits, RC Quadcopters, Android tablets, and more. Since teams usually consist of four members, we always have a prize for each…
Frédéric Harper
Creative Commons: At Mashape, we are always looking for the best conferences where we can share our knowledge and expertise with our fellow developers. Sharing is part of our DNA! We are also huge fans of hackathons, user group meetups, and camp-style events. We are here in the community, and we like to be part of the success of different events by finding creative ways to sponsor them. Of course, we can’t participate in all tech-related events, but if your primary audience is developers, and you are looking for experienced speakers for non-product pitch talks, let us know! You…
Monetizing an API is a good way of generating revenue quickly. Ask Nijiko! Sometimes the easiest services are the ones that generate the most traffic and traction. At Mashape, we give everyone a chance of quickly monetizing their API without having to worry about any technical aspects.

Creating an API on the fly with BlockSpring

We’re super happy to see more people building tools to simplify the access to building APIs, one of the services that was featured on HackerNews recently is BlockSpring’s API builder. At the moment they only support three languages (Python, Ruby and R) but…
API Security Trooper Credits: It is not uncommon to see APIs being served using the “http://” protocol and it’s sad, real sad. So sad that every time I see it, I feel like crying. I remember going to a hackathon few months ago and the idea of a location based Tinder-like app for LinkedIn popped. The question of whether we would let people sniff data flowing through the ether was raised almost immediately. What if people could tap into your stream over insecure WiFi? The decision was easy. We would implement a secure layer which we would allow the…
Over the past decade their have been a number of different web development paradigms. As the craft of web development has evolved so have the ways of designing and structuring software architecture. API First design is an approach to software development that emphasizes building components of your application as APIs. This approach has a number of advantages:

1. Separation of Concerns

API First design is the formal separation of the front end from the back end. For instance is separated into two github repos, one for the front end and one for the back end, which interact through a…
Montana Flynn
  When it comes to APIs, there’s a lot of jargon out there. The meaning of certain terms isn’t always obvious, and API providers sometimes use different ones to refer to the same thing. That’s why we created an API glossary. It contains the terminology we use on our site and in our documentation, as well as related words and common acronyms.
    If you’re just starting out with APIs, you can get the foundational knowledge you need to dive right into API use, design, and development. If you need to explain APIs to a non-technical, instead of mumbling something
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