My first experience with Oracle API Platform Cloud Service – part 1 by Milco Numan

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In the first part of this two part blog post, I will describe the use case for which we used Oracle API Platform Cloud Service (shortened to APIPCS from now on) as an outbound API Gateway, offering lookup services and centralizing outbound access. This part will also describe a simple Node.js microservice we deployed to Oracle’s Application Container Cloud Service to perform the translation of an internal identification into the API key required by the external API.

The second part of this blog will elaborate on the actual creation of the API definition in APIPCS, the invocation of the microservice using Groovy scripting and the testing of the external API using APIPCS.

Introduction

At a customer, for a proof of concept last year, I have been working with an exiting new Cloud Product from Oracle: API Platform Cloud Service, or APIPCS for short. In this blog, I will not go into architectural details on why you could, should or must use an API Manager of API Gateway. Nor will I be elaborating on all functionality or features of Oracle’s implementation of the product, since they’re perfectly capable of doing that themselves.

Basic Scenario

In the use case encountered at this specific customer, the requirement existed to not use the API Gateway as an inbound Gateway, but rather to use the API Management solution as an outbound gateway. The rationale for this setup is to provide a single outbound gateway through which REST services can be invoked where internal identifications can be translated into different kinds of external identifications, known to the outside world. The former may be thought of as (internal) applications, or perhaps even customer identifications stored in an internal system. The latter category then may relate to API-keys required by the external partner, or even OAuth2 tokens. Read the complete article here.

About Jürgen Kress
As a middleware expert Jürgen works at Oracle EMEA Alliances and Channels, responsible for Oracle’s EMEA Fusion Middleware partner business. He is the founder of the Oracle SOA & BPM and the WebLogic Partner Communities and the global Oracle Partner Advisory Councils. With more than 5000 members from all over the world the Middleware Partner Community is the most successful and active community at Oracle. Jürgen manages the community with monthly newsletters, webcasts and conferences. He hosts his annual Fusion Middleware Partner Community Forums and the Fusion Middleware Summer Camps, where more than 200 partners get product updates, roadmap insights and hands-on trainings. Supplemented by many web 2.0 tools like twitter, discussion forums, online communities, blogs and wikis. For the SOA & Cloud Symposium by Thomas Erl, Jürgen is a member of the steering board. He is also a frequent speaker at conferences like the SOA & BPM Integration Days, JAX, UKOUG, OUGN, or OOP.

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