We tend to take HTTP methods for granted. In the API development space, methods are akin to the alphabet – often used, seldom considered. API developers typically only use GET, PUT, or POST, but the official HTTP Request Method registry lists 39 total HTTP verbs, each providing a method for powerful interactions. Read more
curl is exceedingly powerful – unfortunately, much of this power is somewhat hidden in the purposeful non-verbosity and the underlying complexity of its numerous flags, configurations, and options. Once understood, curl boasts a wide range of powerful options. Today, we’re going to cover some of these options and discuss the hidden power behind one of the most popular and beloved open-source projects. Read more
Web APIs are highly variable things – they can be custom-built, designed around a single purpose, all-encompassing, and almost everything in between. Shifting requirements dictate what the interface is comprised of. Due to this, it’s hard to find commonalities between APIs and their user-facing portals. Read more
Adding new layers of complexity within a digital service without sacrificing user experience is a difficult endeavor. Especially for platforms that accept online payments and subscription formats, maintaining support for an increasing number of payment methods is deceptively complex.
Users don’t want to think too much about the payment process. Read more
When creating an API, it’s all too easy to release something that “just works.” For some developers who aren’t working at an API-first company where the API is a central component to their business, they may see creating an API as a distraction from their core duties and rush to get a product out that does the job it’s supposed to, but little more than that. Read more