Posts Tagged: Design

REST vs GraphQL: How Constraints Determine API Style

Much has been said about REST and GraphQL. Unfortunately, these conversations almost always hover around the idea of one being better than the other — more often than not, GraphQL is presented as the next step towards a RESTless world. Read more

How Smart API Design Promotes Sustainable App Development

With the tech industry evolving rapidly, reducing development time has become absolutely crucial. For established software companies and independent developers alike, success requires fleet-of-foot decision making. Luckily, API design best practices have come to the rescue. Putting these practices to work ensures greater security, efficiency, and scalability for your apps. 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

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