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
GraphQL is a powerful tool that we’ve discussed previously at Nordic APIs. As with any emergent tool in the API space, however, there’s some disagreement on exactly how to implement it, and what the best practices for its implementation and use case scenarios are. Read more
GraphQL is incredibly powerful — so powerful, in fact, that it is used by corporations such as Facebook to drive their large, complex social systems for billions of users. Despite this, the language is still relatively nascent, and its usage has yet to reach the dizzying heights that those languages it replaces and augments occupy. Read more
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
How many organizations are adopting an API strategy in Helsinki? Quite a few — for one, Helsinki arguably is the most successful city in the world using open data, with an active developer portal (Dev.Hel.fi) enabling the creation of new applications on top of city data to promote participatory democracy. Read more