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What is CORS?

APIs are complex webs of interconnected applications, interfaces, frontends, and backends. Making sense of these systems is not always easy to do. When so much of the data coming into a system is from external sources that run the gamut from trusted to untrusted, known to unknown, the easiest way to classify that data is to classify it by the source origin – that is, to not talk about the nature of the data, but rather the nature of that which sent the data. Read more

A Beginner’s Guide to Building a Slack Bot in PHP

As one of the most popular instant messaging platforms, Slack has built a name for itself in the ChatOps space thanks to its existing popularity and an extensive list of integrations. So, how easy is it to build your own bot? Read more

API Taxonomy Explained: The Many Types of APIs

While no two APIs are exactly the same, they do tend to share a lot of characteristics, from design features to data formats. Looking closely at these traits allows us to identify distinct types of APIs, which we can use to set clear expectations, discuss what does (and doesn’t) work, and stick to relevant best practices. Read more

Ultimate Guide To 9 Common HTTP Methods

 

We tend to take HTTP methods for granted. In the API development space, methods are akin to the alphabet – often used, seldom considered. API developers typically only use GET, PUT, or POST, but the official HTTP Request Method registry lists 39 total HTTP verbs, each providing a method for powerful interactions. Read more

Conway’s Law: What Does It Mean for Your API Strategy?

Back in October, I attended the 2019 Nordic APIs Platform Summit in Stockholm, Sweden. Among a whole host of interesting topics, one idea that kept creeping up was that of Conway’s Law, like in Zdenek Nemec’s talk on choosing an API style. Read more