In 2016, the announcement of the Connect series offerings created quite a
buzz in the developerWorks® Middleware hub. After all, when you can
quickly and securely extend both your IBM® middleware applications
and data to the cloud, you have a lot to gain in time to market with
nothing to lose. This announcement is where our Connect series collection
was born. In 2017, it grew to include tips and tricks to give you more
flexibility and opportunity as you expand the possibilities of your
This article highlights the top three picks for Connect series articles
from the developerWorks library as chosen by you, our faithful readers. It
also includes the top three Connect series articles published in 2017 that
I, as the humble editor of this hub, have chosen. So, grab a cup of hot
coffee, tea, or cocoa; settle in; and enjoy perusing these favorites.
Did your favorites make the list? Let us know by posting a comment at the
bottom of this article.
If this list looks a bit familiar, it might be because two of the articles
made the same list last year. The recurrence of the API Connect demo article and the API
strategy article in this list demonstrate just how important these
concepts are to developers. The newcomer to this list is the second
article about using API Connect and IBM MQ.
Inside IBM API Connect Version 5: An end-to-end demo
This article features a demonstration video that shows you how to create
and publish an application–from start to finish, on-premises to the
cloud–with IBM API Connect Version 5. The practical example highlights
the features of API Connect, including the offline developer toolkit
experience and the ability to quickly create and customize a LoopBack
application based on Node.js.
Connect back-end systems to APIs with IBM API Connect and IBM
Integration between API Connect and IBM MQ is vital for reliable messaging.
Until now, this integration was not available for environments that use
back-end systems to communicate through MQ. Thanks to a new custom policy
for API Connect to integrate with IBM MQ, you can seamlessly create
public-facing APIs to work with your back-end systems. This tutorial
explains how to use this custom policy to integrate an instance of API
Connect with an MQ queue manager.
Achieve your API strategy with IBM API Connect
To deliver on your API strategy, you need to understand your key
stakeholders, their needs, and how API Connect can help to meet those
needs. In this article, you learn about these essential elements of an API
strategy. You see how IBM API Connect goes beyond the limits of an API
management platform, allowing your organization to not only manage and
secure its APIs, but to also create and run them. Finally, you see how
quickly you can get started with API Connect.
My top picks are based on new content for 2017. I have specific reasons for why I chose these articles. Read on, and then
give them a try.
Integrate your on-premises apps with the cloud with WebSphere
This series made my list because it shows just how quickly application
developers can move to the cloud.
In Part 1 of this series, you use the IBM WebSphere® Connect
capabilities of IBM WebSphere Application Server Liberty to publish
WebSphere APIs. By following these steps, others can subscribe and consume
these APIs. Part 2 shifts the focus to WebSphere Application Server
traditional. You learn how to use it to enable API discovery and
integrations with API Connect, for both on-premises and cloud
Manage your cognitive processes with IBM Watson and API Connect
It’s rare that I actually get to test the tutorials I work on. This
tutorial gets my vote because I finally got a chance to run through the
steps, and it only took a few minutes! If I can manage the steps in this
tutorial, you certainly can, too.
By having access to IBM Watson® APIs in API Connect, you can control
and track usage of how your organization uses Watson services. Although
this tutorial demonstrates these steps by using the Watson Language
Translator API, you can use these same steps for any Watson APIs.
Go code-free! Create an API in IBM App Connect and call it from IBM
Business Process Manager
Although this pick is one of our most recent Connect tutorials, I chose it
for its true sense of integration. It shows how you can combine three IBM
offerings and Salesforce into one simple solution.
Integrating any valuable business process can often be one of the hardest
parts of a project. In the same way that IBM Business Process Manager (IBM
BPM) helps developers create powerful business process solutions with
minimal and ideally no code, IBM App Connect does for sales and marketing
with integration. This article explores how to create an API in App
Connect and then create a reusable, external service to call the API in
These articles give you an idea of how the Connect series from IBM can help
you jump to the cloud. You can find these articles and more in our library.
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