Posts Tagged: API design

5 API Design Trends to Look Out for in 2019

2019 will see the growing popularity of plenty of new and powerful approaches to building great APIs. Between growing amounts of data, a 21st century need-for-speed, and ever-tighter regulations, secure and effective API design is more important than ever — and we find that observing trends can be the best way to identify what’s working for others. Read more

Should You Design Natural Language First APIs?

Humans are getting lazier, but APIs tend to stay pretty complicated. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could, instead, speak in plain language to automatically initiate any change in the backend? For some scenarios, a natural language facade may just be where web APIs are heading. Read more

Using Hypermedia To Design Event-Driven UIs

Some of the most powerful tech is now built fully on an API backbone. Web APIs are great because they can deliver data and functionality over HTTP — or other protocols — meaning agnostic client platforms, easier evolvability, and more efficient designs. Read more

5 Ideas for Building Faster APIs

Back in 2006, Google discovered that an extra 500 milliseconds of latency could drop traffic by as much as 20%. That was twelve years ago; now web users expect faster responses than ever before, and as an API practitioner, it’s your duty to make that happen! Read more

The Three Principles of Excellent API Design

We all know that using a well-designed API is extremely rewarding, while using a poorly-designed API can be frustrating enough for us to give up altogether. However, when we ourselves strive to build the best-designed APIs possible, we tend to trip up right away, wondering: what makes an API’s design good or bad? Read more