Posts Tagged: programming

Sweet API — Syntactic Sugar and You

The internet is bar none the most effective and amazing tool for connecting people. What it’s historically not, however, is an effective and amazing tool for connecting people with systems. While networks form and information is shared, the underlying systems have historically been hidden underneath complex code and abstraction. Read more

Building a REST API in Java and Scala Using Play Framework – Part 2

In the first part of this series, we introduced Play framework, a web development framework for Java and Scala developers, and we showed how it enabled one to expose a basic REST API with minimal effort. In this second part, we explore some of the features of Play and use real code to illustrate its capabilities. Read more

10 Continuous Integration Tools to Spur API Development

Software development these days is about iterating fast, and releasing often. In the 10 years since Martin Fowler wrote his original paper, continuous integration has become a cornerstone of the software development process. It is a fundamental part of Agile development (being one of the core tenants of Extreme Programming) and has helped to spawn organizational change with the creation of the DevOps approach to application development. Read more

Building a REST API in Java and Scala Using Play Framework – Part 1

In this two part series we explore Play Framework, and see how it can be used for rapidly developing RESTful APIs. In part one, we introduce Play, covering the main design decisions behind its architecture and potential reasons for choosing this framework over others. Read more

What Languages Should Your API Helper Libraries Support?

Shipping a great API isn’t just about exposing an endpoint in a RESTful manner. Yes, plenty of developer users will be fine making HTTP requests, but for some, that is not enough. Whether community curated or vendor supplied, code libraries are often created to help extend an application programming interface — API — into specific languages. Read more