A New World for Small Start-Ups

The headlines are everywhere. Here are some recent ones from the Wall Street Journal: “Companies and Cities Adjust to a Remote Work Force” (8 June 2020). “San Francisco’s Office Market Cools as Startups Retrench” (early June 2020). “Once Booming, San Francisco Apartment Market Reverses” (19 June 2020). “Another Exodus Ahead for U.S. Cities?” (20 June 2020). “Covid-19 Derails Retirement Dreams” (11 June 2020). What does this mean for a creative technology entrepreneur who has a great idea, but has not yet implemented it?

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The Business Case for Excellent API Documentation

If your company is selling web services that are accessed by through APIs, one of the most important factors for your ability to attract paying customers is your API documentation. Management teams from potential customers will be interested in what information your APIs provide, their capacity and reliability, and how quickly they can scale. Once […]

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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 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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How to Use Your API Science One-Month Free Trial (Part 3)

When you’ve created and configured your first API Science monitor, you’ll want to configure automated notifications to your team when something involving a critical external or internal API goes awry. You’ll also want to study the performance of your critical APIs using API Science reports. Configuring API Monitor Notifications While your customers access your product […]

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Tutorial: Creating Custom API Monitor Dashboards Using Javascript and JSON

API monitoring platforms like API Science provide the means for monitoring the APIs that are critical for your application. With the API Science platform, you can check APIs for uptime and performance each minute, define alerts that will be sent to your team based on the latest status of those APIs, review the performance history […]

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Monitoring Your API’s Uptime Using the API Science API

My previous post talked about what you can do when a massive cyber attack brings down APIs (your own, or external APIs) that are critical for your product. The API Science API includes a Monitor Reports component that lets your product’s operational software integrate your API monitoring into the ongoing creation of your product. The […]

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