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
As consumer expectations ramp up, API performance has never been more important than it is today. It’s a well-known statistic that 53% of web users will abandon a web page if it takes more than 3 seconds to load.
These expectations don’t necessarily line up with the technical requirements of an API. Read more
Testing is an essential part of the software development process. Without testing, developers would be unable to ensure a product is functional, or discover and root out bugs from their applications.
As a result, it is an industry-standard for any piece of software to undergo many rounds of rigorous and repeated testing. 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
REST vs SOAP. REST vs GraphQL. JSON vs XML. There are many dichotomies in the world of API design. It seems for each architectural choice there exists an opposite solution purpose-built for a specific application. We can see this in issues like statelessness and statefulness, as well as functional choices such as SOAP and REST. Read more