Set it and Forget it: How to Automate Your Backend Integrations

January 16th 2018

Data integrations are the backbone of most fast-moving companies today, but they can be tedious. This post explains two ways to automate the integration development and management process.

Beyond SDKs and Documentation: How to Build Faster API Integrations

January 9th 2018

If you spend a bulk of your time reading API and SDK documentation, read these tips to reduce overhead work and accelerate API integration development time.

The 2018 API Landscape: Predictions from the Front Line

January 4th 2018

The API landscape is evolving fast and 2018 is predicted to be the biggest year yet. Here are top predictions for API integrations and API development in the new year.

Three Hacks to Protect Your Time as a Developer

December 27th 2017

Try these three hacks to save more of your time for development work and find new ways to drive organization-wide efficiencies.

Four Signals Your API Integrations Have Gotten Out of Control

December 19th 2017

Finding your API integrations controlling you, not the other way around? Read the 4 signals to avoid and gain control of them with our tips in this post.

Year-End Development Tasks and Creative Projects to Spend Your Time On

December 13th 2017

Many developers find the end of the year an ideal time to fine-tune their processes, analyze data, and improve documentation so that the new year is even more successful. Here are key tasks and projects you should be focused on this month.

Should You Outsource Hosting Mission Critical Integrations?

December 5th 2017

Where you host your critical data integrations is an important decision. Learn the pros and cons of outsourcing hosting so you can make the right decision for your business.

Building API Integrations? 3 Ways to Avoid Vendor Lock-In

November 28th 2017

Three considerations to take into account before you commit to an API integration tool to ensure you’re not locked-in and out of control of your most important workflows.

API Integrations Should be Open Source: Here's Why

November 16th 2017

Open source integration platforms enable companies of all sizes to scale and build faster. Learn the four reasons why developers can benefit from open source integration platforms.

The Downstream Effects of Sharing Integrations

November 7th 2017

A simple rework of your integration development process can reap massive benefits. By developing flexible frameworks and making them openly accessible to your team, your organization can become measurably more efficient.

How to Make Your Data Integrations Infinitely Flexible: A Step by Step Guide

October 31st 2017

Data integrations often involve a similar set of tools, triggers, and actions, but without a process, you can quickly find yourself doing redundant work that could instead be automated. This post explains a step-by-step process.

How to Stop Reinventing the Wheel With Every New API Integration

October 24th 2017

Learn how to streamline API integration development to reduce repetitive work and get value from your apps, systems, and data faster.

Simple Backends: Four ways to implement a “Contact Us” form on a static website

October 19th 2017

It’s a fairly common problem: you’ve designed a sleek, fast, static website — maybe a homepage for a new product, a portfolio of your work, or documentation for an open source library — and now you want to add a more interactive feature, like a “Contact” form. This generally requires some backend logic, multiplying your hosting costs, not just monetarily, but in terms of complexity and implementation time as well.

Upgrading to Async/Await with JavaScript ES8

October 3rd 2017

Last week I wrote about Promises, a JavaScript feature introduced in ES6. Promises were a great leap forward in the escape from callback hell, but I’ve come to view them as something of a stop-gap now that async/await is supported in NodeJS (as of v7.6) and in the browser thanks to transpilers like babel.

ES6 Promises: Patterns and Anti-Patterns

September 25th 2017

When I first got started with NodeJS a few years ago, I was mortified by what is now affectionately known as “callback hell”. Fortunately, here in 2017, NodeJS has adopted the latest and greatest JavaScript features, and since v4 has supported Promises.

Monitor Websites with Cheerio and DataFire

September 20th 2017

One of my favorite new features in DataFire is full NodeJS support, including npm modules. Tasks that used to be cumbersome can now be delegated to one of the healthiest open-source communities out there.

Libraries vs. Frameworks

September 12th 2017

In the world of programming, the difference between a library and a framework is often a source of confusion and debate. In general, the differentiating feature is a matter of control — frameworks dictate how your project will be structured, whereas libraries are building blocks that can be used anywhere. If we use the metaphor of architecture, libraries are bricks, and frameworks are, fittingly, the frame. is Leaving Beta

September 6th 2017

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