Posts Tagged: Representational State Transfer

An Introduction to APIs For the Uninitiated

If you have arrived at the Nordic APIs blog there is good chance you have some inkling of what an API is and why you might need one. However, for the uninitiated, APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) and especially the API economy can be a confusing and fragmented space with some loose standards, an incredible amount of diversity, and a seemingly impenetrable barrier of technical jargon. Read more

Is GraphQL The End of REST Style APIs?

The world of APIs is one of innovation and constant iteration. The technologies that once drove the largest and best solutions across the web have been supplanted by new, more innovative solutions.

That is why it’s surprising, then, that many developers have clung to what they consider the bastions of web API development. 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

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