While no two APIs are exactly the same, they do tend to share a lot of characteristics, from design features to data formats. Looking closely at these traits allows us to identify distinct types of APIs, which we can use to set clear expectations, discuss what does (and doesn’t) work, and stick to relevant best practices. Read more
Posts Tagged: GraphQL
Query languages are fundamental to the nature of the modern web. As data grows and the internet becomes more complex, bigger datasets are the natural result. To act on that data, though, we need to have systems in place that allow for filtering and transformation. Read more
There are nearly as many options for API tools and design styles as there are APIs themselves. The modern API industry has a variety of specifications, frameworks, paradigms, architectures, integrations, and extensions that make each API instance unique. Today, we’re going to take a look at three of those options. Read more
At first glance, it would seem that the API space has embraced unified design standards. RESTful development uses HTTP to communicate between a client and a server. OpenAPI Spec serves to extend REST APIs, improving documentation and making APIs machine-friendly.
However, with just a little digging, it becomes apparent that this isn’t always the case. Read more
One of the many things to take into account when building a great API is granularity. For more experienced developers, the concept of granularity is a given, but it may be a confusing concept for programmers new to API development. Read more