Posts By: Bill Doerrfeld

4 Design Tweaks to Improve API Operations

We’ve previously discussed best practices when it comes to designing an API with quality developer experience. But what will the long term operational repercussions be for the design moves we make now?

For example, if URLs are designed without metadata to describe actions, later on, product owners will have a difficult time staring at unintelligible logs. Read more

Continuous Versioning Strategy for Internal APIs

Recently, there has been debate over what the best practices are for versioning an API. Many public web APIs are retired as new versions replace them, but if you were to ask Roy Fielding, creator of REST, he may tell you not to version your API at all. Read more

Securing the IoT for Decades to Come

In 2007 Kevin Kelly gave a TED talk in which he forecasted how the World Wide Web would look 5000 days into the future, prophesizing the emergence of the IoT and AI. He envisioned a more connected planet where all manufactured goods tap into a single, global, intelligent network. Read more

The Benefits of a Serverless API Backend

Imagine if your backend had no infrastructure. No permanent server, nowhere for your API to call home. Sounds a bit bleak, doesn’t it? As it turns out, serverless backends could be the next big thing for implementing truly scalable cloud architecture. Read more

Designing a True REST State Machine

There are many misconceptions surrounding what exactly Representational State Transfer (REST) is. The prime of which is the concept of hypermedia, or defined in full context, Hypermedia as the engine of application state (HATEOAS).

Jargon aside, hypermedia is actually a valuable idea that many self-touted “RESTful” web APIs do not adhere to. Read more