4 Third-Party API Integration Best Practices To Build Context Aware Apps
18 Jul. 2016 Software Development
Success of mobile apps relies on the speed of development and speed of change. User context aware apps are helping SMB’s to increase user engagement for their enterprise mobile applications where they deliver user personalization and user recommendation by analyzing various data sources through numerous process workflows.
To build a context aware application, APIs (application programming interfaces) are widely used to streamlines data sync with different services and make applications interact with other apps. In order to make the most out of the APIs, you need to implement the four third-party API integration best practices.
Best Practices For Third Party API Integration
Google provides numerous third party awareness set of APIs, leveraged by mobile application integration to build context aware apps. But implementing the API integration is a major challenge faced by many enterprises, resulting into poor application performance and bad user experience. Follow the below best practices to build robust and secure enterprise app.
4 Third-Party API Integration Best Practices:
- Examine API Documentation Thoroughly: You cannot use the full potential of an API without knowing the functions & set of instructions required to implement the API. Proper API documentation helps you to learn about the usage restrictions, data input, data output and other implementation details.
- Use APIs That Are Well Tested: Utilizing APIs is the important best practice for an enterprise because it helps you save costs. APIs have high chance of downtime due to dependency on 3rd party leading to poor user experience. With well-tested APIs from reputable sources, you can test and manage your mission-critical applications and deliver robust user experience.
- Check Security: With rise in data theft and hacking, you must pay close attention to the security features of an API. Some APIs from legitimate sources offer more secure data protection and encrypted connection. Whereas other APIs are poorly secure and can introduce your business to security vulnerabilities. So, implement APIs which follow strong security polices, protecting your business and user information.
- Focus on Scalable APIs: Every business requires shift over time. A scalable API can grow with your business. This means that you won’t have to redo your existing third-party integrations when you select flexible options.
While APIs bring a heap of business benefits, it can also introduce your business to some risks with third-party integration. So, follow the above-mentioned API app integration best practices to minimize the potential risk and set up your business for long-term growth.
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