Posts Tagged: API design

Making Fast APIs: Lessons Learned From 40 Years of SQL

SQL is old — about 40 years old, in fact. In the tech world, where a new framework or language pops up seemingly every day, 40 years feels downright archaic. Why is such an old language relevant to building APIs in 2018? Read more

REST State Machine Revisited

In the months after the publication of Designing a True REST State Machine and the talk it was based on, there has been quite a bit of discussion and the questions posed should be addressed. While each could be responded to individually, perhaps they might be better served by writing everything up in a blog post. Read more

Using Kubernetes to Build Versatile Microservices

Kubernetes is often talked about, but seldom fully understood system in the API industry. This is largely because containerization, the principle approach that Kubernetes is built upon, is still not nearly as ubiquitous as the classical approach to API design and resource management. Read more

Why You Should Be Designing APIs to Spec

There’s a good reason why building APIs can be extremely tough and time-consuming: they have to cater to both human and machine needs.

Inherently, this is pretty difficult. Machines are picky and rely on pure logic; they crave rigid, hierarchical structures and definite instructions. Read more

Using Canary Release To Ease API Versioning

One of the greatest struggles an API provider can face is how to manage versions and builds from instance to instance. The constant need to iterate matched with the constant need to organize has made versioning a controversial and often discussed facet of modern API development. Read more