Posts Tagged: GET

Understanding Idempotency and Safety in API Design

What does it mean in programming to be idempotent? Today, we’re going to look at the concepts of idempotence and safety, and identify what makes them so very important in the context of web API design.

We’ll compare idempotence and safety to see how they’re different, and discover why this division is important. Read more

A Pragmatic Take On REST Anti Patterns

Do you ever have those moments when you’re asked to do something that feels technically wrong? Putting milk in the cup before the tea? (a very British problem admittedly). An overflowing trash can YOU must always empty? We all have our pet peeves — it’s what makes us human. Read more

Defining Stateful vs Stateless Web Services

Like many industries, the API space has its own jargon. Many terms are used so often that it’s a common assumption that the related party understands what is being talked about. But for for newcomers, these subtle definitions may not be as apparent. Read more

4 Design Tweaks to Improve API Operations

We’ve previously discussed best practices when it comes to designing an API with quality developer experience. But what will the long term operational repercussions be for the design moves we make now?

For example, if URLs are designed without metadata to describe actions, later on, product owners will have a difficult time staring at unintelligible logs. Read more

The Power of Relay; The Entry Point to GraphQL

The Power of Relay; The Entry Point to GraphQL

In many ways, GraphQL is a futuristic approach to dealing with all the headaches surrounding high-data transfer, large-volume relational content. As more is written about the technology and as its implementation is discussed, it goes without saying that related components are becoming increasingly more interesting as well. Read more