Towards a Composition-based APIaaS Layer

Claudio Guidi 1, 2, * Saverio Giallorenzo 1, 3 Maurizio Gabbrielli 1, 3
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1 FOCUS - Foundations of Component-based Ubiquitous Systems
CRISAM - Inria Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée , DISI - Dipartimento di Informatica - Scienza e Ingegneria [Bologna]
Abstract : Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) are a standard feature of any application that exposes its functionalities to external invokers. APIs can becomposed thus obtaining new programs with new functionalities. However API composition easily becomes a frustrating and time-costly task that hinders API reuse. The issue derives from technology-dependent features of API composition such as the need of extensive documentation, protocol integration, security issues, etc.. In this paper we introduce the perspective of the API-as-a-Service (APIaaS) layer as tool to ease the development and deployment of applications based on API composition, abstracting communication protocols and message formats. We elicit the desirable features of such a layer and provide a proof-of-concept prototype implemented using a service-oriented language.
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Claudio Guidi, Saverio Giallorenzo, Maurizio Gabbrielli. Towards a Composition-based APIaaS Layer. CLOSER 2014, Apr 2015, Barcelona, Spain. ⟨10.1007/978-3-319-07593-8_17⟩. ⟨hal-01090125⟩

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