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Implementing Oracle API Platform Cloud Service

By : Andrew Bell, Sander Rensen, Luis Weir, Phil Wilkins
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Implementing Oracle API Platform Cloud Service

By: Andrew Bell, Sander Rensen, Luis Weir, Phil Wilkins

Overview of this book

Implementing Oracle API Platform Cloud Service moves from theory to practice using the newest Oracle API management platform. This critical new platform for Oracle developers allows you to interface the complex array of services your clients expect in the modern world. First, you'll learn about Oracle’s new platform and get an overview of it, then you'll see a use case showing the functionality and use of this new platform for Oracle customers. Next, you’ll see the power of Apiary and begin designing your own APIs. From there, you’ll build and run microservices and set up the Oracle API gateways. Moving on, you’ll discover how to customize the developer portal and publish your own APIs. You’ll spend time looking at configuration management on the new platform, and implementing the Oauth 2.0 policy, as well as custom policies. The latest finance modules from Oracle will be examined, with some of the third party alternatives in sight as well. This broad-scoped book completes your journey with a clear examination of how to transition APIs from Oracle API Management 12c to the new Oracle API Platform, so that you can step into the future confidently.
Table of Contents (12 chapters)

What is the Oracle API platform?

The Oracle API Platform Cloud Service is a 3rd generation API management platform (refer to the Preface for further context) built almost entirely from the ground up to satisfy modern integration requirements such as real-time access to information via REST APIs.

As its name suggests, the platform is a cloud-based Platform as a Service (PaaS), meaning that it can be purchased in a subscription-based model, metered or non-metered.

The platform supports the full life cycle of API management, from API design (using Apiary, which is described later in the chapter) to continuous integration, implementation, promotion, operations, and decommissioning/retirement.

Please refer to the Oracle API Platform Cloud Service home page for further information
3rd generation API management platforms

The platform is fully hybrid meaning that it can be deployed in cloud computing but also on-premises. It's lightweight and equally well suited for Microservices Architecture, in other words, 3rd generation.

A recommended read would be 3rd Generation API platforms: from proxies to micro gateways

But what exactly is a 3rd generation API Platform in the context of Oracle product offering?

This concept is better understood by understanding the chronological evolution of Oracle's API offering throughout time.

In the following section it is described how Oracle's offering evolved from an Enterprise Service Bus centric architecture, to then becoming a SOA/SCA feature-rich (monolithic) platform, and then evolving into an architecture that is distributed, lighter weight, and therefore, suitable for hybrid and microservices architectures.

The following presentation is recommended as it provides a good overview as to how SOA is related to Microservices, and what Microservices actually are: