Most web applications, and many mobile applications, rely on 3rd party APIs like social login, cloud storage, email, messaging, CRM etc. The benefits are obvious, and for some applications the API integration is a core element. However, the API dependency does make applications more vulnerable to change — one small change to an API can break an entire app. Read more
Posts Tagged: versioning
We’ve discussed GraphQL at length previously – and while the discussions on how GraphQL works are obviously very powerful, we’ve yet to dive into some of the best practices that should be adopted when developing a GraphQL-centric API.
Today, we’re going to do exactly that. Read more
GraphQL is a very powerful query language that does a great many things right. When implemented properly, GraphQL offers an extremely elegant methodology for data retrieval, more backend stability, and increased query efficiency.
The key here though is that simple phrase — when implemented properly. Read more
Recently, there has been debate over what the best practices are for versioning an API. Many public web APIs are retired as new versions replace them, but if you were to ask Roy Fielding, creator of REST, he may tell you not to version your API at all. Read more
The world of API architecture and development is tricky in many ways. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a “perfect” solution, and with every new implementation or solution, new problems are bound to crop up.
It is important to remember, then, that even the most positive, powerful decisions in API architecture could have significant issues in the long run that, if not recognized in the hazy glow of post-adoption euphoria, could easily interfere with the success of an API or collection of APIs. Read more