Azure provides comprehensive set of options for managing APIs. API Management Service is one of such that let you control the access granted to outside. Getting started with API Management Service is easy. The new API Management Service wizard will open up like this.
Once all the required fields are filled and validated, you can access the API Management Service (APIM) through the portal. In this article I will explain an overview of what are the sections available and what each section does as I am intending to write detailed specifics in some sections in coming articles.
- Quickstart section is indeed helpful as it contains links that will help you read and understand. The documentation is well simplified so it is easy to refer.
- APIs section shows all the APIs currently deployed and lets you test, set policies and customize based on the needs.
- Products section lets you create products as a collection of APIs so they are exposed to the developers all together. You can specify need for subscriptions and so on.
- Named Values section specifies key value pairs in a way that they can be changed from here common for a product.
- Groups section shows all the system created groups and custom ones by the developer.
- Subscriptions section lets you create subscription keys that will let the developers access the APIs with them.
Other sub sections do allow many supportive features that are understandable by looking at them.
Security section shows you how to manage the security and credentials for the developers to access the APIs.
Settings section shows the general settings + API specific cache instance setup and scaling options that are very helpful.
In a coming article I will show how to expose an API and some operations in that.