Posts Tagged: Design

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

Why Standards-Based Drivers Offer Better API Integration

Why you should be using drivers to integrate with disparate data sources

As enterprises grow, so too does the number and variety of data sources they use to drive business. The average company is using at least sixteen SaaS applications and has data in at least that many on-premises data stores and internal apps. 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

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

7 Growing API Design Trends

The API world is one of constant evolution and mutation. The data that we dealt with in the 1990s is not the same as the data we might deal with in 2017, and because of this, our APIs have had to drastically change in their approaches. Read more