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Maximizing the power of APIs: balancing freedom and control

If an organization really wants to empower its users, it needs a way to provide maximum power to the user with both safety and security. APIs allow you to design a solution that's not simply the average of these extremes, but rather provides 90% of the power with 99% of the security.

Containers: thinking inside the box

Containers enable software portability across a wide range of computing environments. Here's what you need to know about their budgetary, technical, and organizational value.

Kin Lane: Harnessing the connective power of APIs

Kin Lane's career path has taken him from software engineer to one of the world's foremost API experts before joining Skylight. Here, he has been working with our government clients to improve their use of APIs. His advice for people thinking about joining us: Do it.

Story of a DARPA proposal

A brief story of our experience submitting a proposal to DARPA to conduct research on the latest Low Power Wide Area Network technology.

Reactions to our Agile Share-in-Savings model

Several months ago, we published a blog post series on a concept called Agile Share-in-Savings. We received a number of positive reactions, as well as some worthy counter-arguments.

Software badness quantified

Until a more robust model for measuring technical debt is developed, we suggest using a simple formula for measuring the "badness" of a codebase in order to facilitate system improvement decisions.