The API lifecycle: A look at planning to production

Last updated:November 2016

Editor's note

APIs are nothing new, but they are finding a new importance in the enterprise software and application management scene. APIs have proven to be an integral part of B2B integration, internal operations, data management, application and service development, and other critical areas across a wide variety of industries. As they become more important, the ability with which an organization manages the API lifecycle is sure to be a strong competitive factor.

We've put together this guide to help CIOs, developers, engineers, testers and other software professionals understand more about the API lifecycle and what it means to take each step properly. Here you will find content from our contributing experts that reviews the API planning process, development process and post-production process in ways that can help you understand what it takes to create and maintain APIs that add real business value.

So, read on, learn and don't forget to test your knowledge with our own quiz on API development and management.

1Putting together your API portfolio

You've got your plan, so now it's time for the next part of the API lifecycle -- putting your APIs together and integrating them with your existing software. While there are plenty of tools and services available to help expedite and simplify your API development process, it's still critical that developers adhere to principles and strategies that can help prevent integration issues, provide easier management down the line and help you create the best API possible.

This section features expert advice on the API development and production processes. Access the content here to learn about why developers need to consume the APIs they create, how to designate the roles teams play in building an API portfolio, exclusive tips for RESTful APIs, the importance of official API clients and more.

2Deployment and testing

You've made your plan and your APIs are developed. But this isn't the end of the API lifecycle -- now you are required to keep these APIs up and running with proper maintenance and appropriate versioning. Tools and services are making it easier to automate and simplify API maintenance tasks, but those responsible for maintaining APIs should still follow practices that ensure efficiency, performance and reliability.

This section features content from our contributing experts that will help you learn more about how to strengthen API security, testing, versioning, migration and other critical aspects of post-production management. Read on to learn more.

3API creation and management quiz

Think that you're up to speed on API planning, development and post-production management? The quiz in this section will put your API know-how to the test, featuring questions about numerous aspects of the API lifecycle. Try it out and see what you know and where, if needed, you can improve your knowledge.