Another Successful DC API MeetUp
On June 24th 2013, Apiphany and Chief hosted another successful DC API User Group in DC. Join us next time for an evening of great conversation, good food and beer!
Apiphany at APIDays in San Francisco!
Apiphany attended API Days on June 22nd, 2013 in San Francisco. Great sessions with a good crowd!
Fair and square pricing
Because simple pricing just makes sense, Apiphany is introducing a new “fair and square” pricing model for our Global API Delivery Platform. Learn more.
They call it a hackathon, hack day, hackfest, or even codefest. Organizations and enterprises are increasingly holding hackathons as a great way to drive innovation and creativity. It’s also a great way to launch your API and unleash creative chaos with software developers, graphic and user experience designers, and anyone simply interested in coding and staying up all night. The goal is fairly simple: create an app that uses an API or set of APIs in a unique way that elegantly solves a problem. Most hackathons hold a contest and vote on the best app. This drives the spirit of healthy competition while attracting motivated developers to participate.
A lot has been written about how to set up a hackathon and even how to win a hackathon. But what about standing up your API in a way that makes it easy for developers to get started? Whether you are having an internal hackathon or external hackathon, the needs are the same. Successfully launching your API requires 3 key things: (1) quickly launching your developer portal, (2) making developers productive with your API, and (3) managing and controlling the performance of your API.
Launch Your Developer Portal Quickly
A developer portal is always the best way to get your APIs in the hands of developers. Building your own site is definitely not a trivial task. The best approach is to go with a cloud-hosted solution that has everything you need to get up and running at minimal cost and time. Make sure your hosted solution provides for API documentation, API key management (both automated and manual), an interactive API console, subscription management tools, and API analytics. You should not have to build any functionality into the portal.
Make Developers Productive with Your API
Manage and Control the Performance of Your API
The last thing you want at a hackathon is for your API to fail to perform. It’s embarrassing and it doesn’t engender a whole lot of confidence in your brand and service. Although you may not need for your API to be scaling at a million calls per second, you still need to have operational control of your API to quickly monitor real-time performance and catch problems before they happen. Visibility into your API is important. With API analytics, you can quickly understand how developers are using your API. Even if you are providing limited access to your API in a hackathon setting, security is also an important consideration.
For a good example of a developer portal that was launched at a hackathon, check out The Washington Post developer portal. Back in October 2012, the Washington Post held their first ever hackaton, Election Hackathon 2012. It was co-sponsored by NPR and Sunlight Foundation. This is The Washington Post’s first-ever developer portal. It runs on Apiphany’s API Delivery Platform. With minimal resources, The Washington Post was up and running in no time.
Good luck with your hackathon!
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Evgeny, Vlad, and the Apiphany team