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Complete the Service API Design & Management course and, optionally, get accredited as a Certified Service API Specialist by passing the certification exam. You can purchase the course now and get the exam later, or you can get them together at a discount as part of the Certification Bundle.

Upon completing the course you will receive a digital certificate of completion, as well as a digital training badge from Acclaim/Credly. Because this course encompasses both the Microservice Professional and Service API Specialist certifications, upon passing the exam you will also receive official Microservice Professional and Service API Specialist digital accreditation certificates and certification badges from Acclaim/Credly, along with an account that can be used to verify your certification status.

If you already completed the Microservice Professional course modules, you can purchase a partial course (or a partial bundle) with only the modules specific to the Service API Specialist track here.

The Service API Design & Management course is comprised of the following 5 course modules, each of which has an estimated completion time of 10 hours:

  • Module 1: Fundamental SOA, Services & Microservices
  • Module 2: Microservice Technology Concepts
  • Module 12: Fundamental Service API Design & Management
  • Module 13: Advanced Service API Design & Management
  • Module 14: Service API Design & Management Lab

Choose the Certification Bundle to receive the entire course together with the online-proctored certification exam and a set of practice exam questions, all at a bundle discount.

Upon purchasing this course, you will automatically receive access via the Online Interactive eLearning platform. To provide you with the greatest flexibility, you will also have the option to access the course materials via two additional eLearning formats, at no extra cost. All three eLearning formats are briefly described below. A more detailed comparison can be found here.
  1. For everyday learning: An online interactive eLearning platform with individual lessons, as well as interactive and automatically graded exercises and practice questions.
  2. For learning on-the-go: A study kit platform with access to full course documents that support online/offline synching, annotations, comments, custom bookmarks and cross-document searches.
  3. For your reference: A set of printable PDF documents that you can keep (for all course workbooks and posters).
All three forms of access are subject to Arcitura’s *. Upon purchase, access to the online interactive eLearning platform (1) is provided within one business day. Access to the study kits (2) and the PDF documents (3) is provided upon request.

Shown below are the digital contents and the topic outline for each course module:

Module 1: Fundamental SOA, Services & Microservices

This course module provides an easy to understand, end-to-end overview of contemporary service-oriented computing, including concepts and technologies pertaining to modern-day services and microservices, as well as business and technology-related topics pertaining to service-oriented architecture (SOA).

Course Module Contents

  • Workbook Lessons (100+ pages)
  • Video Lessons (for all topics)
  • Mind Map Poster

  • Symbol Legend Poster
  • Practice Exam Questions
  • PDFs of Workbook and Posters (printable)

Topics Covered

  • Business and Technology Drivers for SOA, Services and Microservices
  • Strategic Goals and Benefits of Service-Oriented Computing
  • Plain English Introduction to Services and Microservices
  • Fundamental Characteristics of a Service-Oriented Architecture
  • Understanding Service-Orientation as a Design Paradigm, including coverage of the Four Pillars of Service-Orientation
  • Introduction to Service Layers, Service Models and Service Compositions

  • Service Inventories, Service Layers and Service API Governance and Management
  • Introduction to Common Service Technologies, including API Gateways, Virtualization, Containerization
  • Introduction to Cloud Computing and Cloud Services
  • Adoption Impacts and Requirements, including considerations for Governance, Infrastructure, Performance and Standardization

Module 2: Microservice Technology Concepts

This course module focuses on modern service technologies, models and concepts that have established de facto implementation mediums for building contemporary services-based solutions. Also covered are fundamental terms, concepts and models pertaining to cloud computing and cloud-based services.

Course Module Contents

  • Workbook Lessons (100+ pages)
  • Video Lessons (for all topics)

  • Mind Map Poster
  • Practice Exam Questions
  • PDFs of Workbook and Poster (printable)

Topics Covered

  • Comparing Service Implementation Mediums
  • Service Roles and Service Agents
  • Message Exchange Patterns and Service Activities
  • Basic XML, XML Schema, JSON and JSON Schema Concepts
  • HTTP Methods, Response Codes and Headers
  • Basic REST Service Concepts, including Properties and Constraints
  • REST Services, Contracts, Resources and Messaging

  • Hypermedia and Late Binding
  • Basic WSDL and SOAP Concepts
  • WS-* Technologies
  • Web Service Contracts, Messaging and Registries
  • Cloud Computing Concepts
  • Vertical and Horizontal Scaling
  • Multitenancy, Elasticity and Resiliency
  • On-Demand Usage, Ubiquitous Access and Measured Usage
  • Public, Private and Hybrid Clouds
  • IaaS, PaaS and SaaS

Module 12: Fundamental Service API Design & Management

This course module covers essential topics pertaining to modern-day service API design and management, including API roles, the API lifecycle and fundamental API patterns and coupling types. Also covered are established and alternative data serialization technologies, API gateways and a comprehensive tutorial of REST and related patterns.

Course Module Contents

  • Workbook Lessons (100+ pages)
  • Video Lessons (for all topics)
  • Mind Map Poster

  • Understanding XML, XML Schema, WSDL, SOAP and WS-Policy Supplement
  • Practice Exam Questions
  • PDFs of Workbook and Poster (printable)

Topics Covered

  • Introduction to APIs and API Roles
  • Public, Private and Partner API Models
  • The Service API Lifecycle
  • Decoupled Contracts and Service Façades
  • Contract Centralization and Service Agents
  • Positive and Negative Service Coupling Types
  • Text-based Data Serialization Formats (XML, JSON)
  • Binary Data Serialization Protocols (Apache Avro, Thrift, Google Protocol Buffer)

  • REST APIs and REST Properties
  • Endpoint Redirection, Entity Linking and Idempotent Capabilities
  • Lightweight Endpoints and Uniform Contracts
  • API Gateways and Service Brokers
  • Data Model and Format Transformation, Protocol Bridging
  • Intermediate Routing, Brokered Authentication and Multi-Channel Endpoints

Module 13: Advanced Service API Design & Management

This course module delves into established and alternative service API protocols to explore how each functions and to provide a comparison that helps determine when one service protocol may be more suitable than others. A series of service API design and management patterns are covered, along with an exploration of the service mesh model and how it compares with API gateways.

Course Module Contents

  • Workbook Lessons (100+ pages)
  • Video Lessons (for all topics)

  • Mind Map Poster
  • Practice Exam Questions
  • PDFs of Workbook and Poster (printable)

Topics Covered

  • Understanding gRPC for (.proto and XML)
  • Unary RPC, Client/Server Streaming RCP and Bidirectional RPC
  • Understanding GraphQL, Data Requests and Fetches, Caching
  • Understanding Falcor, Falcor vs. GraphQL, Request Batching
  • Understanding Thrift (Processor, Protocol and Transport Layers)
  • Concurrent Contracts, Contract Denormalization and Canonical Schema

  • Schema Centralization, Policy Centralization and Canonical Protocol
  • Dual Protocols and Legacy Wrappers
  • Messaging Metadata and State Messaging
  • Service Mesh Model, Library, Proxy and Sidecar
  • Service Mesh vs. API Gateway
  • Service API Management
  • Decomposed Capability, Distributed Capability and Proxy Capability
  • Validation Abstraction and Partial Validation

Module 14: Microservice Architecture & Containerization Lab

This course module allows attendees to apply the technologies, concepts, techniques and patterns previously covered in order to complete a set of lab exercises. Participants are required to study case study backgrounds and carry out a series of exercises to solve a number of inter-related problems, with the ultimate goal of applying technologies and design patterns to design their own service API solutions.

Course Module Contents

  • Lab Exercise Booklet
  • Mind Map Poster

  • Practice Exam Questions
  • PDFs of Exercise Booklet and Poster (printable)

Topics Covered

  • Reading Exercise 14.1: Case Study Background: Handy
  • Lab Exercise 14.2: Define Lines of Communication
  • Lab Exercise 14.3: Define Service API View
  • Lab Exercise 14.4: Define Communication Support in Processing Logic
  • Lab Exercise 14.5: Identify Coupling Types
  • Lab Exercise 14.6: Identify Hidden Coupling Issues

  • Lab Exercise 14.7: Solve Coupling Problems
  • Reading Exercise 14.8: Order Processing Service APIs
  • Lab Exercise 14.9: Optimize Service API for Performance
  • Lab Exercise 14.10: Deal Service Extension
  • Lab Exercise 14.11: Design Product Service
  • Lab Exercise 14.12: Enhance Product Service Architecture

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