Wake up and smell the API

Wake up and smell the API

Mobile has spawned the growth of APIs, but many companies don’t make their APIs public and instead choose to take a private API approach often with disastrous outcomes. By working on an API in private you don’t get the mass feedback or input you get with a public API.Using mitmproxy or charlesproxy makes it a simple task to expose a mobile apps API calls, and with companies not using strong enough security or auto incrementing IDs it is a trivial task to hack these APIs. Why not just open your API up from the start and empower others to give you valuable feedback but also innovate on top of your platform in ways you may not have considered?

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Simon Wood

July 14, 2015
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