Posts By: Bill Doerrfeld

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

10 GraphQL Consoles in Action

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

Ultimate Guide to 30+ API Documentation Solutions

Say you have developed a web API and now want to show it to the world. Next comes documentation, and guess what — there’s a tool for that. But, in a sea of API documentation generation tools, which one is suitable to your specific environment? Read more

The Brilliance of Spotify Internal APIs to Mitigate Payment Complexity

The Brilliance of Spotify Internal APIs to Mitigate Payments

Adding new layers of complexity within a digital service without sacrificing user experience is a difficult endeavor. Especially for platforms that accept online payments and subscription formats, maintaining support for an increasing number of payment methods is deceptively complex.

Users don’t want to think too much about the payment process. Read more

API Longevity, Devious Drones, and Bourbon: Insights From the 2016 Platform Summit

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