Posts Tagged: rate limiting

How to Safely Throttle High Traffic APIs

Too much traffic can be a dangerous thing. To many application developers, this seems like a good problem to have – traffic is exactly what you want for your service, so accordingly, the more the better. The simple truth is, however, that too much of a good thing can be very dangerous – and in the API space, this can have dramatic effects. Read more

Designing API Usage Guidelines For Bot Clients

In the spring of 2017, Twitter published a series of guidelines for automated API users utilizing bots. These guidelines were created to help control the intent, actions, and result of bots on the service. Accordingly, there was some discussion about just what these guidelines did and didn’t do, and how valuable such a set of guidelines were. Read more

How to Optimize the API Response Package

If there’s anything that has the most “bang for the buck” in the IT world, it’s optimization. Optimization, or the process of simplifying, offloading, or otherwise reducing the processing demand of an entity, can have significant benefits to almost any system, and when done properly, can take even the most monolithic system into the realm of high efficiency and extreme usability. Read more

Stemming the Flood – How to Rate Limit an API

If an API is implemented correctly, the number of users utilizing a service can be staggering. Millions of users and devices connect to the internet every day, utilizing APIs to perform calculations, convert media, and even help cure cancer.

The API developer’s dream come true, however, can also be a nightmare. Read more