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Designing API-First Enterprise Architectures on Azure

By : Subhajit Chatterjee
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Designing API-First Enterprise Architectures on Azure

By: Subhajit Chatterjee

Overview of this book

API-centric architectures are foundational to delivering omnichannel experiences for an enterprise. With this book, developers will learn techniques to design loosely coupled, cloud-based, business-tier interfaces that can be consumed by a variety of client applications. Using real-world examples and case studies, the book helps you get to grips with the cloudbased design and implementation of reliable and resilient API-centric solutions. Starting with the evolution of enterprise applications, you'll learn how API-based integration architectures drive digital transformation. You'll then learn about the important principles and practices that apply to cloud-based API architectures and advance to exploring the different architecture styles and their implementation in Azure. This book is written from a practitioner's point of view, so you'll discover ideas and practices that have worked successfully in various customer scenarios. By the end of this book, you'll be able to architect, design, deploy, and monetize your API solutions in the Azure cloud while implementing best practices and industry standards.
Table of Contents (14 chapters)
Section 1: API-Led Architecture in the Digital Economy
Section 2: Build Reliable API-Centric Solutions
Section 3: Deliver Business Value for a Modern Enterprise

Architecting for operations

API platforms on the cloud are analogous to a distributed computing environment, making them relatively complex with a lot of moving parts. Further, transient failures of cloud resources are quite common and hence applications must be designed for resiliency. Hence, there is an imperative need to architect and design all modern applications with a production-first mindset.

Basically, the objective should be to bake in as much telemetry as possible, so that the operations team can monitor the site for any error conditions and then remediate any live site issues with proper root cause analysis. Two of the most important practices in this regard are the following:

  • Logging, monitoring, and alerts
  • Feature flags

Let's understand these in the next sections.

Logging, monitoring, and alerts

Logging and monitoring play a crucial role in the timely detection of issues and subsequent remedial action by the operations team. All API...