As application development and delivery have evolved, so have the required skills and tools. In the cloud-native world, developers need to know how to build and deploy applications that are scalable, reliable, and always available. Cloud-native applications are designed to run in the cloud, taking advantage of the cloud’s scalability and elasticity. They are built using microservices, which are small, independent services that can be deployed and scaled independently.
Developers also need to be able to orchestrate the different services that make up a microservice-based application. This is where cloud-native APIs come in. Cloud-native APIs are a set of APIs that allow developers to interact with the cloud in a language-agnostic way. This means that developers can use any programming language they want to work with the cloud.
The cloud-native API landscape is constantly evolving, but there are a few key players that have emerged as leaders. Amazon Web Services (AWS) has a set of APIs called the AWS SDK. The AWS SDK allows developers to build applications that take advantage of AWS services such as Amazon S3, Amazon DynamoDB, and Amazon EC2.
Google Cloud Platform (GCP) also has a set of APIs that allow developers to interact with Google Cloud services. These APIs are called the Google Cloud Client Libraries. The Google Cloud Client Libraries allow developers to work with Google Cloud Storage, Google Cloud Datastore, and Google Cloud Pub/Sub.
Microsoft Azure also has a set of APIs that allow developers to interact with Azure services. These APIs are called the Azure SDK. The Azure SDK allows developers to work with Azure Storage, Azure SQL Database, and Azure Service Bus.
There are many other cloud providers that offer APIs that allow developers to interact with their services. However, these three providers are the most popular and most widely used.
When choosing a cloud-native API, developers should consider the language they want to use, the cloud provider they want to use, and the services they want to use.