Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Book Review: APIs: A Strategy Guide

Book Review: APIs: A Strategy Guide by Daniel Jacobson, Greg Brail, and Dan Woods: Publisher- O’Reilly: ISBN- 13: 978-1449308926

This is one of the first books on strategic part of API in software industry. APIs: A Strategy Guide is not for developers or designers but for non-technical folks of Software industry – PMs, Business Development staff, C Level Executives and anyone who is interested in Software marketing and Sales and its management.

Book is written in very lucid manner though in initial chapters same information and facts are repeated but still overall book maintains good flow.

Mix of Authors makes good combination. Provider of API related products and Services - Greg Brail, CTO Apigee , customer - Daniel Jacobson, Director of Engineering Netflix API and Researcher, Speaker, & Entrepreneur - Dan Woods.

Book is consisting of eleven chapters and each chapter takes a dive into API strategy and business. Neither a deep dive nor a shallow one.

Book is certainly a good read and going to be on my book shelf for long time.

Disclaimer: I did not get paid to review this book, and I do not stand to gain anything if you buy the book. I got this book as reviewer from publisher. I do not have any relationship with the author.

Further reading: A complementary book is REST API Design Rulebook by Mark Masse and RESTful Web Services Cookbook: Solutions for Improving Scalability and Simplicity by Subbu Allamaraju.

One can get more information about book and related topics from:

1. Book at Aamazon: http://www.amazon.com/APIs-Strategy-Guide-Daniel-Jacobson/dp/1449308929
2. Apigee: http://apigee.com/
3. Publisher: Orielly: http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920021223.do

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