APIs

Understanding APIs: What They Are and Why They Matter

People all over the world consume data on a daily basis across a variety of networks, geographies, and devices. You’ve probably lost track of how many applications are on your phone or tablet – applications for shopping, ordering food, checking the weather, reading the news, tracking the stock market, and

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3 Pro-Tips for Making the Most of the Rigor Monitoring API

Rigor’s robust Monitoring and Optimization APIs allow our customers to make the most of their data. While many of our customers are familiar with our API, there are some features which might not be as well known. In this article, I’m going to outline three awesome features of the Monitoring

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API Testing vs. Monitoring

With the release of our free API Testing product, APITester.com, we have further enhanced our array of solutions designed to help ensure that you are delivering high-quality user experiences quickly and reliably. We’ve already outlined why API performance matters and what aspects of APIs to test, but what is the

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APIs 101: How to Monitor SLAs with APIs

Businesses are increasingly relying on APIs to power their applications. So, whether you rely on internal or third party APIs, it is likewise becoming more important than ever that they ensure these APIs are available, functional, and performing as expected. API monitoring gives continuous visibility into how both internally-created and

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APIs 101: What to Test

Digital businesses are making a radical change in the way they build and deliver software. Gone are the days of apps that rely solely on in-house tools. Rather, today’s apps are increasingly dependent on external APIs and third party app providers (which, in turn, are reliant on other APIs and

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APIs, New Features

Introducing Rigor’s FREE API Tester

At Rigor, we love testing the functionality and performance of APIs. In fact, we literally wrote an e-Book on it! That’s why we are excited to announce the beta release of APITester.com! API Tester is the easiest way to test and collaborate on web APIs. What API Tester Does API Tester provides

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The Future of APIs

Application Programming Interfaces, known colloquially as APIs, are simply mechanisms that enable communication between two or more pieces of software. More specifically, they are a collection of rules that govern who may access the information it holds, as well as what information that person may access (if any). Up until

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Why API Performance Matters

When an API fails and disrupts the performance or user experience on your site this failure reflects on your company. End users and customers likely won’t recognize that a third-party could be at fault. And depending on how critical that API is to a transaction process, this failure could impact

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Why You Should Monitor APIs for More Than Availability

Gone are the days of apps that rely solely on in-house tools. Today’s apps are increasingly dependent on external APIs and apps (which, in turn, are reliant on other APIs and apps). While this type of modularity allows for product flexibility and rapid development, it can be difficult to address any

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New API Check Features: More Flexible, Easier to Manage at Scale

At Rigor, we want to make continuous monitoring of API performance and functionality easy for everyone. Earlier this year, we introduced a new API Check for monitoring API performance and reliability. Then, we wrote and published a free eBook about how to test and monitor APIs at scale. Today, we’re launching

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Web Perfectionist 101: Caching Strategies for API Calls

As Billy continues from part one of the caching API series, learn various strategies on how to implement caching for API calls. Rigor tests your site for more than 300 performance issues. Discover how your site is performing and view suggestions on how to improve site speed by signing up

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Web Perfectionist 101: Caching API Responses in Web Apps

In this episode of Web Perfectionist, Billy discusses how you can cache API calls in web applications and how it impacts website performance. Rigor does more than monitor your website for more than 300 web performance issues, it can also take a deeper look into your APIs with the new API

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Monitoring APIs with Authentication

With the rise of microservices and connected systems, more and more data is being based back between services using APIs. Authentication for an API defines who has permission to access secure data or endpoints. This is especially important for APIs sharing sensitive information, APIs that allow end-users to make changes,

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Monitoring APIs with SLAs

In this recent post we mentioned that API Checks could be used to monitor performance related to SLAs. In this post we’ll expand on that example and show what it looks like to monitor APIs for SLAs in practice. What is an SLA? A Service License Agreement (commonly called an

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How to Use Request Headers in API Checks

In previous posts we covered why it’s important to monitor APIs and how to monitor and validate data from APIs. In this post we’ll focus on a simple but key feature that helps Rigor users create robust checks for availability, response time, and multi-step processes: Request Headers What is a

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How to Monitor and Validate Data from API Endpoints

In a previous post, we covered four areas that are important to test when monitoring APIs: availability, response time, data validation, and multi-step processes. This post will focus specifically on availability and data validation for responses from API endpoints. When we’re monitoring a website in a browser we want to go

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Best Practices for Monitoring APIs

As discussed in our Why Should You Monitor an API blog, monitoring APIs is not only recommended but in many cases essential to business performance. So, you’ve taken the plunge, and you have an app that requires an API. Your job now is to determine how to monitor that API to ensure

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Why Monitoring APIs is Important

Just because you don’t own it, doesn’t mean it won’t impact your users. If you manage an application programming interface (API) that other internal or external users depend on for data and processes, when that API fails it won’t only impact you. APIs are wonderful because they connect services and

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