Integrating API Monitoring into Your Product’s Operational Workflow

You’ve got a product that requires many nines of uptime. If an API (external or internal) that your product requires is down, your own product is down, or key aspects of it are down. You are monitoring the APIs that are key for your product, and have alerts configured so that your development and QA […]

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Using Tags to Group API Monitors

Many online products require gathering information from many different data sources. If your product queries multiple APIs (external or internal), then it is vital for your team to monitor those APIs in order to assess whether your product appears up, partially up, or down. My last two posts described how you can use the API […]

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How to Use the Results From One API Call in Another API Call

In many cases, the availability of your product depends on a sequence of API calls (to both external and internal APIs). Information retrieved from one API may be a critical input for your subsequent call to a different API. If the first call fails, the second can’t return a valid result. So, a question is: […]

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Introduction to API Science’s Global Variables

The API Science platform provides capability for saving, retrieving, and deleting global variables. The Parameters section on the API Science Help page provides this description: You can set any number of query string, POST, and PUT parameters using the Params input fields. Each time you add a new variable a new pair of Key/Value input […]

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How One Slow External API Can Bring Your Product Down

APIs receive a request from a user, gather data and/or perform some processing based on the request, then return the requested information (or other result) to the user. This sounds simple. But a lot can go wrong, and even when everything succeeds, the time it takes to complete the process can be highly variable. Greater […]

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Creating a Multi-Step API Monitor

One of the unique features of the API Science platform is the capability to create multi-step API monitors, wherein multiple API calls are chained together into a single monitor. If your product requires multiple API calls in order to produce the result you deliver to your customer, you could create a collection of standard single-call […]

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