Posts Tagged: rest

The Present And Future Of API Design

The API economy is growing up. APIs are no longer a toy or gimmick for companies to show off. They’re complete business resources and, oftentimes, products in and of themselves.

As James Higginbotham puts it in the intro to his book A Practical Guide to API Design, co-written with Dr. Read more

Do API Standards Differ From Industry to Industry?

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

How Granular Should You Design APIs?

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 Streaming APIs: How They Differ

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

8 Open-Source Frameworks for Building APIs in Python

Python is a highly-capable language, primed to handle the rigors of API development. Popularized by major companies and smaller development teams, Python is applauded for its user-friendliness. However, Python owes much of that usability to various development platforms.

We always appreciate when developer communities collaborate to build smarter tools, and luckily, a plethora of open-source frameworks have burst onto the scene and matured. Read more