Posts Tagged: complexity


Sweet API — Syntactic Sugar and You

The internet is bar none the most effective and amazing tool for connecting people. What it’s historically not, however, is an effective and amazing tool for connecting people with systems. While networks form and information is shared, the underlying systems have historically been hidden underneath complex code and abstraction. Read more


How to Provide APIs With an Existing Information System

In a previous article we encouraged every company to join the digital revolution and provide APIs. But when faced with an existing Information System (IS), the steps toward exposing a business process with an API become far more intricate. An IS may be bloated with pre-existing organizational processes and data structures, which, if exposed directly, can make for a very poor user experience, and possibly a complete deadlock. Read more


Balancing Complexity and Simplicity in API Design

The products that excite us today are simple.

Take Apple’s sleek product designs, the negative space of the Google search page, or the single function apps we use on a daily basis.

The idea of erasing clutter permeates into the discussion surrounding APIs or application programming interfaces as well. Read more


Writing Microservices in Go Part II – When Not to Use Go

In Writing Microservices in Go pt. 1, we highlighted a whole bevy of reasons for coding in Go, the novel, forward-thinking language developed at Google. However, there are two sides to every coin; the benefit of a language or system can often be a drawback in other use cases, and a host of hidden faults can make what was once an awesome idea significantly less awesome. Read more


A Tale of Four API Designs: Dissecting Common API Architectures

In the world of APIs, the way we design and implement code is of paramount importance. Starting development without a proper architectural design perspective, approach, or consideration could lead to unneeded redundancy, complexity, and purposeless constraints. By implementing one of several common design architectures, however, we can guide our API style in a more cohesive direction, decreasing development time, increasing developer efficiency, and creating a streamlined API life cycle. Read more