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 web API providers probably already know about GraphQL by now. It’s the API query modeling language making waves throughout the API industry, allowing developer users to interact with a web API in an arguably cleaner method. The industry is still divided, though. Read more
Any business or organization in the world can bring an API to market, but APIs are increasingly synonymous with the startup world. Entrepreneurs are using APIs to deliver their products for a number of reasons:
- They can provide a convenient, easily understood and accessible mechanism for getting an MVP in front of customers;
- Having an API in the market can provide crucial insight into the value of your product through feedback from the developer community;
- An API can be one of several channels for delivering your product or may be the product itself.
In many ways, GraphQL is a futuristic approach to dealing with all the headaches surrounding high-data transfer, large-volume relational content. As more is written about the technology and as its implementation is discussed, it goes without saying that related components are becoming increasingly more interesting as well. Read more
Whether you’re a startup developing your first API or an established player in the API economy, the truth is becoming steadily more apparent; providing quality API documentation is vital to the success of an API initiative. API documentation is an important part of the product offering, delivering affordances to the developer community to help them understand exactly what an API offers and how to use it. Read more