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Whew! That loud sigh of relief you hear reverberating from Silicon Valley is a reaction to the June 1st Oracle-Google ruling, which declared that APIs are not protected by copyright. While this case could be far from over – Oracle may appeal and force another $50 million round of litigation – a knowledgeable judge and a well-argued 41-page decision will likely make for a strong precedent. In the few weeks, since I last discussed this case, I’ve gotten a lot of feedback. While some techies provided commentary supporting Google’s position, more responses came in the form of questions about APIs themselves. Are programming language APIs different from Web, Cloud or other APIs? Does Oracle deserve special consideration due to the time and effort invested? Can one API be “better” than another? Language APIs certainly appear to be different from Web APIs. They are bound ... (more)

Webinar Tomorrow: How to Choose the Right API Management Solution

On Wednesday morning, Layer 7 will be hosting a webinar on How to Choose the Right API Management Solution. There are many solutions that cover one or two aspects of API Management – just a portal or just a Gateway or just access control. However, a truly comprehensive API Management platform needs to provide a broad range of functionality in the management of four distinct areas: identity, developers, interfaces and operations. We’ll delve into each of these areas and discuss what to look for from your solution. We’ll also talk about the “-ilities” of an API Management platform: ... (more)

Solving Enterprise Mobile Access Challenges

In a recent blog post, I talked about how geofencing could be used in an enterprise setting to ensure compliance with local regulations or restrict an application’s functionality when a user is away from the office. Geofencing is a great piece of functionality, especially when dealing with mobile enablement/BYOD scenarios but no one feature can make a solution. A true solution does more than just check boxes on a list of functional requirements. It addresses a real-world issue and provides the platform, the context – and yes, the features – necessary not just to solve a problem ... (more)

The Importance of Context to Mobility

My grandfather has a bumper sticker on his pickup truck that says “He who dies with the most toys, wins.” Since my world revolves more around API Management than collecting die-cast models of John Deere tractors, I have my own version of the saying – “He who has the most context wins.” Context has always been an important part of managing data or applications, but the proliferation of enterprise B2E (business-to-employee) and B2C (business-to-consumer) mobile apps has significantly increased the need for context-based policy. The Layer 7 family of API Gateways has always been go... (more)

Android, APIs & Copyright

Like many people in technical professions, I face the ongoing challenge of explaining my industry to non-technical friends and relatives. Acronyms generally provide the biggest challenges. Explaining that SOAP isn’t a beauty product genuinely took up a significant part of my life in 2001. Fortunately, people have gotten a lot more tech-savvy in the last decade, partly due to the proliferation and success of well-known tech companies like Apple, Google and Oracle. So when two of those companies get into a huge legal battle over an acronym (in this case, “API”) that’s little known ... (more)