Zapier : It’s like Glue for Apis & Fun Too!

This is one of those companies that we just knew we were going to partner with at some point down the road and we had more than one client specifically ask about whether KeyServ’s Subscription system could work within the Zapier ecosystem.

Our founder Jawid tells us in his own words- his experience integrating with Zapier: Anyone whose anyone in this game has to have respect for these guys. It was mid-last year, at first I was a bit confused by the integration pipeline but I had a customer to demo to. Unlike other systems, one cannot simply import a spec doc yet and it isn’t a CRUDL-type model. I reached out to the support hoping to have a quick phone call with a support person, unfourtunately they don’t do telephone, bummer. This upset me…

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…but the cutesy-goading reply I got from a support person kept me pressing-on. Once I was done, I did a rudimentary demo to the customer whom was happy. More recently as they asked me to check a possible integration I logged into my Zapier account, I knew the demo Zap was still working but my dashboard Zaps were all missing!

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My integration pipeline too?! I took to emailing their support and implied in a few mails “You guys messed up!” I had a few days back and forth and their support people were very patient with me, in the end it was found that I was the one that screwed up, it didn’t help that I was so adamant about the situation, so apologies to Zapier, your support personnel are awesome! Looking forward to prosperous future working together.

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Let’s conclude by saying we are ready to publish to zapier.com/apps which is Zapier’s integration market-place with 2000+ Apps available. Zapier makes it so damn easy to connect spreadsheets, ecommerce, accounting software that it’s actually fun to play with! Right now, we have a private app available to our clients at this link: https://zapier.com/developer/public-invite

Find us on RapidApi to do quick integrations & testing

We have added our API to RapidApi’s catalogue which (supposedly) is the world’s largest API marketplace with 10,000s of APIs available to test and integrate with.

Here is a link to our Api there: KeyServ on RapidApi

Truth be told we first wanted to list with them in February of 2019, their platform demands the attention from the players in the API space. Many popular products one does a web search for will invariably list a RapidApi result.

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They also rank APIs by popularity and measure their response / latency. Moreover they provide information about a particular APIs pricing, this one didn’t align with us for the record, if you want to know about our pricing structure see: Pricing Information

Versioning, What’s new in KeyServ v1.2.5

Well, it’s an API dude, what were you expecting? Versioning sheesh, public-facing APIs are the one place you should be happy to stick with what you have and not get sparkly-eyed about newer releases. Well unless you REALLY need the service or endpoint v2 has to offer.

Public consumption APIs can’t really be improved in terms of soft-versioning (i.e minor updates), except in hacky ways like extra headers and query strings. If you screwed up on releasing your v1, well folks, then your off to v2, do not pass go, do not collect $200.

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That is why you take extra care when releasing an API. It’s not like the rest of your devOps world with your fancy continuous integration pipelines. You don’t want to screw this up or potentially all of your users might suffer. So test, test, test before releasing your API.

In our case it wasn’t that bad. We soft-versioned because nothing really serious changed. We modified the datetime fields in our API, they were already ISO8601 compliant, the difference is before these were accurate to the millisecond. Apparently most people don’t like precision like that, who knew?

The Specification Document For APIs.GURU

Apis.Guru is an interesting one, basically it’s a massive list of APIs that MUST have a specification document to be listed.

As of the date of this article there are two forerunners in the specification document game: Swagger and OpenAPI. They are not really competing types, more like versions. Swagger is a version 2.0 doc and OpenAPI is v3.0 at the moment.

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Spec docs are incredibly useful, not only can humans read them in order to understand the intricacies of an API they may be interfacing with but more importantly computers can ingest/ consume them and spin up more precise machine-written code. Theoretically interfaces can be spun up on the fly although I don’t know if that’s being really done at the moment. Might be a future thing to watch for!

For the interested reader to get a taste of, the following are our spec docs:
https://keyserv.solutions/v1/spec.json
https://keyserv.solutions/v1/s2.json

ProgrammableWeb, We are now Listed! :D

As of February 9th, 2019 we are now listed on https://www.programmableweb.com/

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ProgrammableWeb is more than just an API Directory service, it’s an informational resource for APIs: Stuff like whether they use XML or JSON, do they have spec docs? Versions, endpoint information, SOAP or REST and other ecosystem related queries one might have. They also have a very interesting blog for people who wish to watch the scene.

If you want to learn more about APIs, you should really check out David Berlind’s APIs 101 series on youtube.

“Hello world” KeyServ v1.0

We have launched our platform and are now ready to help you rapidly develop your product / subscription prototypes. Check it out!

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Yes, this is our “Hello World” post, this is the KeyServ Platform v1.0 and we are proud to introduce this microservice API. Like most things that engineers design it starts with something built to make one’s own life easier. Such is the case here. SmartQ (Pty) Ltd has a number of SaaS and IoT projects and the one thing all these products have in common is the need for Serial-Key Tracking, it also enables us to offer our services with BYOL (Bring Your Own License) models in order to speed up the distribution of our offerings.

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Our flagship product SmartQueuer (a live site can be seen here: http://q.communica.co.za) needed an agile subscription management system whereby we can allow users access to time-locked demos and trial periods to test in their environments at no cost.

Now all our subscription-based systems plug-into a centrally managed microservice. At this point lets talk about how awesome that is for SaaS and devOps. No more reusing the same subscription code snippets with poor maintainability across your portfolio, Microservice architecture saves us from that. Less code means less mistakes, more stability and more productivity time.

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