Posts Tagged: HTTP


Asynchronous APIs in Choreographed Microservices

When building microservices you have to first make a decision: How am I going to manage service-to-service communication? Most developers will answer immediately: API calls. But then, more questions come to mind:

  • Am I going to call services directly?
  • Doesn’t it block the caller service?
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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

Don’t Underutilize These 5 Amazing HTTP Performance Features

Don’t Underutilize These 5 Amazing HTTP Performance Features

So, you’ve published a web API? Well done! You’re serving it over HTTP(S), right? Most developers see no reason to distrust the protocol that’s been holding the web together for almost 30 years. HTTP is very performant, scalable and reliable – in fact, it has multiple nifty performance features to make sure developers can make the most out of the applications built upon it. Read more

Tips and Tools for Debugging APIs

Tips and Tools for Debugging APIs

Benjamin Franklin once famously said “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes”. For the software developer, the saying should be amended to read “except death and taxes — and software bugs.”

It’s an unfortunate fact that the very nature of software development, especially in the collaborative environments popular amongst coders and companies today, makes software bugs inevitable. 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