Posts Tagged: web API

What The GraphQL Patent Release Means For the API Industry

GraphQL has driven much of the conversation around modern API web design, and for good reason — it’s powerful, extensible, and very useful for high data query applications. The ability to request data in a predetermined, knowable format, and the ability to collate endpoints into a single external point, has made GraphQL something that powers some pretty huge projects. Read more

How to make self-descriptive APIs

How To Make A Self-Descriptive Enterprise API

One of the hardest things to do as an API provider is to work within the enterprise environment. This is due, in large part, to the very nature of enterprise structures – often slow to adopt new technologies, fundamentally distrustful of external solutions, and far more insular than most modern corporations would like to admit. Read more

What is a JWT?

Why Can’t I Just Send JWTs Without OAuth?

A JSON Web Token or JWT is an extremely powerful standard. It’s a signed JSON object; a compact token format often exchanged in HTTP headers to encrypt web communications.

Because of its power, JWTs can be found driving some of the largest modern API implementations. Read more

Introduction to API Versioning Best Practices

Change is inevitable and growth is a good thing. When your API has reached the point of expanding beyond it’s original intent and capacity, it’s time to consider the next version.

Whether that next iteration is a whole number version bump or just a feature expansion, it’s important to consider the pros and cons of how you let your developers know about it. Read more

10 Payment APIs: Accept Credit Cards, Bank Accounts, BitCoin, and More

For the longest time, if you wanted to make or receive payments on the web, PayPal was the only option you had. Back then, the process wasn’t necessarily as user-friendly as it is today – but they did simplify how users could transfer money. Read more