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Boosting Developer Velocity

Developer Productivity

Boosting Developer Velocity by Optimizing Feedback Loops

It’s no lie that containerization is a massive boon to the development process. It allows developers to create consistent environments across different stages of development, from local machines to production servers. Containerization involves encapsulating or packaging software code along with all its dependencies so that it can run uniformly and consistently on any infrastructure. This is achieved through containers, which are lightweight, executable units that contain everything needed to run the software, including the system tools, libraries, runtime, and settings. The End of "It Works on My Machine" One of the most significant advantages of containerization is its ability to solve the "it works on my machine" syndrome. This common phrase has plagued developers for decades, where an application runs perfectly on one developer's local machine but encounters issues in another environment due to slight differences in OS, underlying libraries, or configurations. Containers ensure that the application runs in the same environment, regardless of where it is deployed, be it a developer's laptop, a test server, or a production server. This consistency eliminates any discrepancies and bugs that arise from environment-specific configurations.

June 28, 2024 | 14 min read
API Testing with Blackbird

Develop APIs Quicker With API Testing

API Testing Guide: Improve Your Development Cycle

API development is a complex process due to two main reasons: (1) the number of variables and people involved in creating an API and (2) the process of building and improving your APIs never ends. At a quick glance, the steps within building an API include the design and plan of your API, coding your API to implement endpoints, authentication, and best-practice optimizations, all while ensuring high availability and scalability of your API infrastructure. All these steps have intricacies of their own, meaning a good portion of your time will be spent testing optimization updates and new versions you want to deploy in the API testing stage of the API lifecycle. So, what is API testing? How can you effectively incorporate it into your API development lifecycle to accelerate your development process and deliver an efficient and secure API? What is API testing?

June 26, 2024 | 12 min read
API Testing with Blackbird

Develop APIs Quicker With API Testing

Develop APIs Quicker With API Testing

API development is a complex process due to two main reasons: (1) the number of variables and people involved in creating an API and (2) the process of building and improving your APIs never ends. At a quick glance, the steps within building an API include the design and plan of your API, coding your API to implement endpoints, authentication, and best-practice optimizations, all while ensuring high availability and scalability of your API infrastructure. All these steps have intricacies of their own, meaning a good portion of your time will be spent testing optimization updates and new versions you want to deploy in the API testing stage of the API lifecycle. So, what is API testing? How can you effectively incorporate it into your API development lifecycle to accelerate your development process and deliver an efficient and secure API? What is API testing?

June 26, 2024 | 10 min read
Advanced Kubernetes Health Monitoring

Edge Stack API Gateway

Advanced Kubernetes Health Monitoring with Edge Stack: Your Essential Guide

Kubernetes has become the go-to platform for container orchestration, especially for companies implementing microservices. The Kubernetes Health Checks provide a standard for monitoring and ensuring the health and availability of your services and serve as a conceptual framework to build on. In this tutorial, we’ll explore how to configure health checks using Edge Stack, a popular Kubernetes-native API gateway and specialized control plane for Envoy Proxy, that provides a simple way to configure and manage APIs for microservices. By configuring Active Health Checks using Edge Stack API Gateway, you can ensure your microservices are healthy and can serve traffic. Let’s dive in by first understanding how basic Kubernetes health checks work. Then we’ll examine Edge Stack’s Basic Health Checks and Active Health Checks. Finally, we will discuss how Edge Stack expands on the existing approach to give you more control and customization capabilities.

June 20, 2024 | 10 min read
Mastering Kubernetes Multi Cluster

API Management

Optimizing the API Lifecycle: A Complete Guide

Imagine you're an architect tasked with building a massive skyscraper. You'd need a solid plan, right? You can't just start slapping bricks together willy-nilly. The same goes for creating APIs. Without a well-defined lifecycle, your API project could quickly turn into a towering mess. This is why mastering the API lifecycle is crucial to your development process. It streamlines every stage of API management, reduces development time, minimizes bottlenecks, and ensures APIs are high-performing, secure, and aligned with business objectives. This guide will break down the complexities of the API lifecycle into digestible, actionable steps you can use to turn API lifecycle management from a daunting challenge into a smooth, streamlined process. That way, rather than the leaning tower of APIs, you’ll have a strong foundation and structure for moving forward with your API development.

June 18, 2024 | 12 min read

Kubernetes

Mastering Kubernetes Multi-Cluster: Strategies for Improved Availability, Isolation, and Scalability.

If you deploy on Kubernetes, you are scaling your application. This usually means scaling pods and nodes within a cluster. This type of scaling allows you to handle increased workloads and provides a level of fault tolerance. However, there are scenarios where scaling within a single cluster won’t be enough. This is where Kubernetes multi-cluster deployments come into play. Multi-cluster implementations allow you to improve availability, isolation, and scalability across your application. Here, we want to examine the benefits of this approach for organizations, how to architect Kubernetes multi-cluster deployments, and the top deployment strategies.

June 17, 2024 | 8 min read
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