Posts Tagged: API development

9 Common Errors Made During API Testing

9 Common Errors Made During API Testing

API testing is an important facet of the API development process. Such testing can help disclose important security flaws, data processing errors, and even breaks in basic functionality. With all that said, it’s an unfortunate fact that many API testing processes are fundamentally flawed, and because of this, issues are often kept around and extended well beyond their reasonable lifespan. Read more

Most common instances of unrestful APIs

The API that Defied REST: Most Common Instances of unRESTful APIs, and What Really Matters

RESTful design is akin to the graphical user interface on modern computers — ubiquitous enough to be considered the de facto choice, but in practice, not necessarily the only option. REST is certainly considered by many to be the king of the hill, but it’s wrong to think it’s the only player in town. Read more

Building and Enforcing an Internal API Style Guide

API Design: Building and Enforcing an Internal Style Guide

In our recent post on tips for starting a public API journey we touched briefly on the idea of creating a style guide that helps API providers produce well-constructed and consistent APIs as part of their public API offering. The creation of an API style guide is, however relevant for API providers regardless of whether they are providing APIs externally or internally: It provides the context for their development efforts whether it be outsourced or created internally and is an important tool for achieving some level of governance across the organization. Read more

Your API is never fully released

Your API is Never Fully Released

The modern development landscape has changed from when APIs were first being developed. Gone are the days where developers could “develop and forget”, releasing APIs, systems, or applications to the public for consumption and use.

Today, there isn’t really such a thing as a release in the common parlance of yesteryear. Read more

Accumulating Feedback: 4 Questions API Providers Need to Ask Their Users

American activist Bryant H. McGill once said, “one of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.” For API providers, listening to the average user, accepting feedback, ingesting these experiences, and iterating on this information is a powerful exercise. Read more