by Tony Harris
• March 17, 2021
You don’t always need to generate a new API when you want to connect applications and other digital assets to your network. Instead, reusable APIs let you connect multiple applications and systems. As a result, you save time, improve functionality, and make information easier to track.
During your application development process, you might think that you need to add innumerable APIs so your assets can communicate with each other. Instead of creating unique endpoints for all of your API connections, you can connect apps, platforms, web applications, and microservices through a single location. Before you decide whether you want to use this API design, learn more about the pros, cons, and potential benefits of reusable restful APIs.
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Very small businesses might not need to reuse REST APIs. It largely depends on the number of applications, web services, and databases that you use.
On the other hand, you might consider adopting reusable APIs when:
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Your DevOps team shouldn’t need to create a different API each time you add data sources or mobile applications. Reusability lowers your DevOps cost and time. Instead of forcing your team to perform menial tasks, they can start new projects that will lead to business success.
Depending on how you manage your network, you may find that your team needs to move applications to other servers when more people start using them. Ideally, you will have scalable automation that solves this problem. If you maintain on-premises servers, though, you could encounter issues.
With reusable APIs, you can add a new service or move an app to a different server while experiencing a minor disruption. In some cases, users might not notice any disruption at all.
Building server-side software often requires an in-depth knowledge of coding languages like JSON and Java. Even low-code platforms can’t always meet your goals until you get an experienced developer involved.
With reusable API, you spend less time building server-side software and adjusting schema so apps can communicate with each other.
The Wall Street Journal reports that nearly 10% of businesses use more than 200 apps. When you force employees to use independent APIs for each connection, you prevent them from working as efficiently as possible. Make it easier for them to access information and applications securely through reusable APIs.
Today’s organizations need to take security risks seriously. Reusable assets can help you control who has access to your apps and data. Without reusable APIs, you may need hundreds of connections for your apps and web services. When you adopt reusable APIs, you make it easier to control and monitor who access your digital assets.
For example, you can create a single reusable API that uses Oauth validation to give qualified users access to multiple web services. By reducing the number of authentications you have to manage, you make it easier to spot abnormal behavior within your API platform.
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If you don’t have the right API platform, you can encounter potential challenges when you adopt reusable APIs. Before you choose a platform, make sure you get features that will avoid problems like faulty security and poor scalability. Some critical features include:
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