GraphQL is a very powerful query language that does a great many things right. When implemented properly, GraphQL offers an extremely elegant methodology for data retrieval, more backend stability, and increased query efficiency.
The key here though is that simple phrase — when implemented properly. Read more
Recently, there has been debate over what the best practices are for versioning an API. Many public web APIs are retired as new versions replace them, but if you were to ask Roy Fielding, creator of REST, he may tell you not to version your API at all. Read more
The world of API architecture and development is tricky in many ways. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a “perfect” solution, and with every new implementation or solution, new problems are bound to crop up.
It is important to remember, then, that even the most positive, powerful decisions in API architecture could have significant issues in the long run that, if not recognized in the hazy glow of post-adoption euphoria, could easily interfere with the success of an API or collection of APIs. Read more
A packed house for a Spotify presentation by Horia Jurcut at the end of Day 1
Over 300 API practitioners. 53 talks. 6 demos. 3 workshops. 3 days. Endless coffee.
Sound familiar? If you’re into APIs and were in Stockholm this week you were probably experiencing the 2016 Platform Summit — the Nordic region’s largest web API event to date. Read more
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