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iHealth API Part 4 - A Little More Code

In the last chapter, we wrote a quick bash script that used some tools to produce diagnostics summaries for qkviews.  Now that you have some experience with the API, maybe you want to do a little bit more.  In this article, we're... Read more
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iHealth API Part 3 - A Little Code

We finished the last article with exploring some of the data available in the API with a web browser that was helpful enough to render it in a mildly readable fashion.  For most automation projects, however, we don't care if it's easy... Read more
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iHealth API Part 2 - An Introduction to REST

In part two of ten in this series exploring the iHealth Application Programming Interface (API), we build on the concepts covered in part one and introduce and demystify the REST API Read more
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HTML5 Going Like Gangbusters But Will Anyone Notice?

#v11 #HTML5 will certainly have an impact on web applications, but not nearly as much as hoped on the #mobile application market There’s a war on the horizon. But despite appearances, it’s a war for interactive web application dominance, and... Read more
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The New Distribution of The 3-Tiered Architecture Changes Everything

As the majority of an application’s presentation layer logic moves to the client it induces changes that impact the entire application delivery ecosystemThe increase in mobile clients, in demand for rich, interactive web applications, and the... Read more
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Amazon Makes the Cloud Sticky

Stateless applications may be the long term answer to scalability of applications in the cloud, but until then, we need a solution like sticky sessions (persistence) Amazon recently introduced “stickiness” to its ELB (Elastic Load Balancing)... Read more
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Magic Virtualization-Fairy Dust and the New Network

The virtualization fairy won’t create APIs out of thin air, but a visit from her may kick-start a necessary (re)evaluation of the role of the API in the new network. The way some people talk about the “virtualization of the network” and how... Read more
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REST API Developers Between a Rock and a Hard Place

A recent blog on EBPML.ORG entitled “REST 2010 - Where are We?” very aggressively stated: “REST is just a "NO WS-*" movement.” The arguments presented are definitely interesting but the most compelling point made is in the way that RES... Read more
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Pay No Attention to the Infrastructure Behind the Cloudy Curtain

What is needed to customize the cloud is a pair of data center ruby slippers called Infrastructure 2.0. Frank Gens of IDC discussed the “New IDC IT Cloud Services Survey: Top Benefits and Challenges” in his blog and what is not surprising is... Read more
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Cloud Balancing, Reverse Cloud Bursting, and Staying PCI-Compliant

One of the concerns with cloud bursting specifically for the use of addressing seasonal scaling needs is that cloud computing environments are not necessarily PCI-friendly. But there may be a solution that allows the application to maintain its... Read more
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Next-Generation Management of Data Centers Should be Modeled on Social Networking

Should the next generation management of network and application network devices look and act more like Facebook and Twitter? Infrastructure 2.0 could take us there. Y ou may think I’m kidding and certainly I make this proposal with some amount... Read more
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Using Network-Side Scripting to Implement Mock API Endpoints

Steve (apparently yes, we are on a first name basis) offers up his thoughts on developing APIs for the Cloud in “A Cloud Tools Manifesto.” While the inclusion of the word “manifesto” in the title raised quite the stir (“Manifestogate” is still... Read more
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Infrastructure Integration: Metadata versus API

Infrastructure 2.0 requires collaboration. Collaboration requires the ability to communicate. The ability to communicate requires integration. But how that integration will happen may shape the future of infrastructure and network... Read more
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AJAX and Network-Side Scripting

AJAX enables the use of network-side scripting enabled application delivery solutions to offload client-side functionality and improve capacity and performance of dynamic (Web 2.0/AJAX) applications. In the last couple of weeks I’ve embarked on a... Read more
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Impact of Load Balancing on SOAPy and RESTful Applications

A load balancing algorithm can make or break your application’s performance and availability It is a (wrong) belief that “users” of cloud computing and before that “users” of corporate data center infrastructure didn’t need to understand any of... Read more
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SOA isn't dead, but its standards are

The spirit of SOA and its core principles are still very much alive, but we can't call it SOA any more because, well, SOA is (pretty much) officially dead, at least according to folks on the tubes and we all know that if you hear it on the... Read more
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SOAP vs REST: The war between simplicity and standards

SOA is, at its core, a design and development methodology. It embraces reuse through decomposition of business processes and functions into core services. It enables agility by wrapping services in an accessible interface that is decoupled fr... Read more
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Cloud Computing and Networking Vendors: The Third Option

Alistair Croll has a great post on GIGAOM discussing how networking vendors will need to change in order to support a cloud computing infrastructure. He outlines two options for networking vendors that will keep them relevant in a cloud... Read more
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iRules: Unifying REST Access Methods

In researching the MySpace deprecated API exploit I came across the details on MySpace's REST (Representational State Transfer) API. I'm going to ignore the debate surrounding the definition of "high REST" versus "low... Read more
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Is deprecation of APIs a security risk?

Someone's been playing with the MySpace APIs and found a way to exploit some deprecated [according to MySpace] services through which "private" photos suddenly became public. Jeremiah Grossman, chief technology officer at White Hat... Read more
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iRules: Simulating RESTful Behavior

One of the premises of REST (Representational State Transfer) is that it is simpler to use well-known HTTP methods (PUT, DELETE, GET, POST) to perform actions upon resources than it is to construct complex SOAP or traditional HTTP-base... Read more
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