Posts Tagged: standards

An Expert’s Guide to Choosing the Right API Style

API styles are a topic of much contention. Most API practitioners are familiar with the REST vs. GraphQL debate, but that’s not to mention the countless other styles out there. The good news is that there is a simple, objective process for narrowing down the best style (or styles) for your next API project. Read more

API Maturity for Humans

API geeks love a maturity model. We’ve had a few come through over the years, such as Richardson, Admunsen, and the recent Curity API Security Model. By critically looking at both the style and properties of the APIs we create, these models give us valuable insight as to how we are progressing in our journey to becoming API gods and goddesses. Read more

An Introduction to Securing Your New API

What with the rapid growth of the API economy, more sensitive data is shared through APIs than ever before. As a natural consequence of this, there are severe stakes around API security, and they’re only rising.

While it’s easy to overlook the importance of security in a brand-new API — especially if that API is only used internally or by selected partners — you ought to secure all APIs early-on. 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

What Is The Difference Between Web Services and APIs?

Web services and APIs are two of those overlapping tech terms that regularly get confused. You might have even heard these words used interchangeably, but are they even the same thing?

While they do have some overlap, web services and APIs are two different concepts. Read more