With APIs and Software Libraries, How Much Code Is Needed to Create Something Immensely Useful? Not Much…

Your business likely requires customized views of the data that is core to the creation of your product. Decades ago, accomplishing this involved development of large data analysis software libraries that were customized to a company’s particular needs, along with user interfaces that enabled employees to view the data, so they could respond to anomalies. […]

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How to Create an Automated Custom Web Site that Displays API Performance Data

For your company to succeed, your API-based product must provide maximal performance and uptime to your customers. In order to provide this, you need to monitor the APIs (both internal and external) that are critical for your product’s customer experience. This series of posts illustrates how you can create a custom automated web site that […]

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How to Use MatPlotLib to Display API Performance Data

In my previous two posts, I illustrated how your team can Use cron and curl to Regularly Download API Performance Data and How to Use Python to Extract API Performance Data. In this post, I illustrate how you can use the Python MatPlotLib library to create plots of the downloaded data that will be of […]

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How to Use Python to Extract JSON API Performance Data

In my last post, I described How to Use cron and curl to Regularly Download API Performance Data. This is the first step toward creating a view of API performance data that is customized for your company’s needs. Once you have the raw data, you can use your company’s preferred programming languages and the custom […]

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How to Use cron and curl to Regularly Download API Performance Data

API performance is critical for modern applications. People use their phones and tablets to immediately access information that is relevant to what they’re doing or thinking about right now. If your company’s objective is to provide this information, then you need to know how your product appears to your customers. If your product relies on […]

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Using Account Global Variables to Receive API Monitor Data in Specific Formats

My last post illustrated that calls to the World Bank Countries API can be configured to output the API data in multiple formats, including XML and JSON. The API Science platform supports the creation of global variables that are accessible by all API monitors in a user’s account. Global variables are defined and set using […]

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Configuring API Monitors for Specific Response Formats

Global variables can be utilized to store any kind of data that is needed as a reference resource within a complex API monitoring process. For example, global variables can be created by one API monitor, then that data store can be read as input data by another API monitor. In my post Introduction to API […]

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7 Ways to Validate that Your APIs Are Working Correctly

Online products that provide a complex service typically rely on Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), utilizing online resources to provide basic information. The added value is in how their own software uses this information to create a new product that is of value to their users. The APIs that are utilized to create this unique product […]

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Why You Need to Monitor Your Product’s External and Internal APIs

If your company provides a web service, then maximizing your site’s uptime and providing your customer with the latest information your service provides should be prime objectives. Depending on what’s happening at the exact moment a customer makes a request to your service (clicks a button, enters text, clicks an image, etc.), your software must […]

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