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3Scale's API Platform Gains Stormpath User Management Systems

By Steve Anderson
May 04, 2016

The application programming interface (API) represents a great way for applications to advance by providing a useful framework to help drive further development. APIs have emerged all over, and one new addition to 3scale's API lineup allows users access to the Stormpath user management system. With this, user authentication will likely prove a bit simpler.

Stormpath is a complete identity API, offering user registration tools, user authorization, and even user management in one package. With Stormpath, it becomes easier to bring in the OAuth authentication flow, a powerful authentication system that's sometimes described as “complicated,” but powerful. Thanks to this addition, 3scale is now seen as the leader in building APIs that use the OAuth system.

Users can turn to the integration, along with code available freely on Github, to essentially just copy and paste needed code into a program to generate identity management systems right in the app. That makes such an addition much simpler than it would be ordinarily, and the service is available with all current 3scale plans.

3scale's CEO, Steve Willmott, commented “The integration with Stormpath is the latest step from 3scale in becoming the standard for sophisticated APIs. We know that, due to the complexity of today’s development, in-house options are less feasible. This new partnership will make it easier than ever for API providers to implement a complete identity layer.”

This is only one part of a much larger picture, as will be demonstrated at the upcoming All About the API event. Running July 18 – 21 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, the event will bring together API developers from all over, allowing them to not only show off what's currently under development, but also network with others about future developments. A set of hackathons are also planned to give attendees the chance to develop some of the APIs that will be a part of tomorrow's operations.

With mobile device saturation now approaching total, development for mobile devices will only be more important as users find the apps that they will likely stick with forever. That's going to mean less development in currently available paths, and more development in the paths that don't actually exist yet. While there's always something to be said for making a current design better, there's also a point of inertia in the system that will make people less interest in deviating from what's currently being used. The “if it ain't broke, don't fix it” line of thought will come into play and make incremental improvements not worth pursuing.

Still, there's a lot of room for development in applications, and APIs could be the thing that really helps spur development on. We're seeing that with 3scale and Stormpath, and we'll likely see more before it's all said and done.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

Contributing Writer

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