How to Build Composable Architecture With APIs
The future of software is composable. This means that individual components can be combined in different ways to create new user applications or experiences. While this concept has been around for decades, only recently have the tools and technologies existed to make it simple for a developer to build a composable architecture platform.
API flexibility is the ability to use APIs in a variety of ways. In other words, it’s the ability to describe and consume an API in many contexts. The more flexible an API, the more valuable it becomes because different parts of your application can use it without changing any code or behavior.
Let’s think back for a moment about the history of software engineering. It’s easy to see why this is so important now: flexible APIs existed long before microservices became popularized. In fact, they’ve been around long before computers were even invented.
Open APIs are more flexible and allow you to integrate with other services. Open APIs are also more secure and easier to manage. Let’s look at a simple example of what makes open APIs better than closed ones.
A company may have an internal CRM system that is integrated with their e-commerce platform. If they want to migrate away from their CRM system and switch over to Salesforce, all they need is an API that allows them access to the data from the old system, which would then be processed by Salesforce and displayed in your new dashboard or sales reports.
It gives you ease of flexibility when it comes time for migration projects because you can choose whatever new service to get the job done best for your company based on how easily it can ingest data from its predecessor (and vice versa).
Your API must be fully composable. This means that you can use the same API to build new APIs. You simply call your parent API and pass in the required data and it returns everything you need. The most common way people do this is by using an existing API as a starting point and then making small changes by adding or removing fields until they get what they want.
For example, if you’re building an API for a mobile application, you should first check out the Google Maps API. This will give you all the information you need to build a basic map. You can then start adding more features as needed, like markers that show all your store locations or directions from one location to another.
The API economy is the new business model. In this economy, applications are built with APIs that communicate with each other in order to create a more efficient and effective way of doing things. The API economy is based on the fact that not only does it allow apps to communicate with each other, but it also allows them to do so in a scalable way.
You can think of it as an ecosystem where all the apps within your company or organization are connected through APIs and work together seamlessly, creating an ecosystem that’s much more efficient than ever.
As per a software solution expert, Uniform, “Today’s best of breed is tomorrow’s table stakes.”
In summary, composable APIs are a great way to build a robust and scalable application. You can use this approach to build any number of applications from one set of APIs without having to rewrite or retest code over and over again constantly.