The latest from the Apiman Blog
The Apiman blog presents the latest Apiman release news and insights. We also share relevant API and software engineering content that we think you will find interesting.
Import APIs Into Apiman (API Catalog)
One of the less enjoyable aspects of apiman is the manual addition of an API that you wish to manage. And if you have a bunch of APIs you want to manage, you can either use the apiman REST interface to script the creation of them, or else you’re stuck manually entering them into the UI.
However, if you take advantage of the new API Catalog feature, things might get a lot easier!
Storing Your Gateway Config in a Database
One of the strongest features of apiman, in general, is its excellent extensibility. Not only is it easy to add new policies, for example, but many of its core components are also pluggable. This includes, for example, the registry used by the API Gateway to store configuration information published to it by the manager. This blog post will detail a new JDBC based implementation of that registry, explaining how you can store that information in a Database instead of in Elasticsearch (the default setting).
Re-Registering Your Client App(s)
In a recent blog post I explained why APIs used to be completely frozen once they were published, and how we have loosened that restriction for Public APIs. Similarly, we did not allow Client Apps to be changed and then re-registered. This was never a good decision, since the Client App does not have anything "connected" to it (the way that an API may). So we should never have restricted the registration of a Client App!
layout: post title: "Re-Publishing Your API(s)" date: 2016-02-24 09:30:00 author: eric_wittmann tags: apiman 1.2.x gateway ---
An early design decision we made in apiman was to not allow APIs to be re-published to the Gateway. The reasoning was that Client Apps may have established Contracts with the API, and thus have agreed to specific terms and conditions (whether implicit or explicit). Therefore, we shouldn’t allow the API provider to modify those terms and re-publish the API, as it may violate the agreement.
However, we later added the concept of a Public API, which allows any client to invoke it without first creating a Contract. It is clear that API providers should be able to re-publish a Public API (presumably after changing the API’s configuration).
Apiman 1.2 - Improvements to Plugin Management
Apiman is not only preconfigured with a rich set of policies that you can use, right out of the box, but, from its earliest releases, apiman has also included a mechanism that you can use to define your own custom policies through plugins. This article describes the improvements introduced in apiman release 1.2.x that enable you to better manage your custom policy plugins.
Apiman 1.2.1 Export and Import
If you use a computer at home or at work, you’ll eventually find yourself in a situation where you lose some important data and, while you are trying to recover it, someone asks you a question that is simultaneously annoying and terrifying:
"Did you make a backup?"
Happily, the 1.2 release of apiman includes a new feature that enables you to export and import your apiman data and provides you with an easy means to create apiman data backups. In this post, we’ll take a look at the new export/import feature, and how you can use it for a variety of tasks to protect your data, make your life easier, and enable you to avoid annoying and terrifying questions.
Apiman Names Have Been Changed to Protect the Guilty
Recently we released version 1.2 of apiman and part of that release includes an effort to rename some concepts to make them more clear (or to better align them with industry standard terminology). Read on below the fold to find out what changed!
Cover yourself up! Protecting your APIs with mutual auth
The last thing you want after carefully setting up your system with apiman is for someone to be able to call around the gateway and hit your APIs directly. The typical solution for this is to lock down your network so that the only publicly accessible part is the apiman gateway, whilst APIs are hidden in the private part of the network, which apiman can access, but not someone in the outside world. However, in some situations fine-grained network controls may not be available, such as the cloud; or, you may wish to have an additional layer of security to be reassured that no funny business is going on (such as imposters).
The class of solutions to this problem generally falls under the banner of mutual authentication. One such mutual auth offering apiman supports is Mutually Authenticated TLS.
Keycloak and dagger: Securing your APIs with OAuth2
One great advantage of API Management is centralising auth concerns, thereby avoiding burdensome reimplementation issues and streamlining your security processes. The good news is that you can easily configure apiman to handle many common auth use-cases, such as OAuth2 with our popular Keycloak OAuth2 policy which I’ll outline in this blogpost.
CORS? Of Course!
For those unfamiliar with CORS, it’s a way of precisely defining who and how a remote origin may invoke an API’s resources. Generally, due to the same-origin policy, a web browser will only allow the invocation of resources that reside on the same origin as the requesting page. This mitigates a range of malicious script attacks by preventing interaction with remote resources.
However, if we want our resource to be callable by some (or all) other origins, then we need to define a CORS policy which lets user agent know what’s allowed.
Finally! Apiman 1.2.1.Final is released!
It’s been ages since apiman had a new release! Well the reason for that is we’ve been pushing to get the first version of 1.2.x out the door. I’m here to tell you - that day has finally arrived.
We’re happy to announce apiman 1.2.1.Final. Our goal is now to go back to our previous, more frequent, release schedule.
The More You Know: apiman microservices?
Let’s spend a bit of time learning more about one of the newer ways you can run apiman: as a set of microservices.
Running apiman in this way has several advantages, including (but not limited to):
Fast startup time
Easily debuggable from an IDE
Quick to test different configurations
Independently scale (esp. via fabric8/openshift/kubernetes)