Posts Tagged: XML

What is the Richardson Maturity Model?

While most developers are aware of Roy Fielding and REST, fewer may be aware of the Richardson Maturity Model. Though the Richardson Maturity Model is often considered more esoteric in comparison to its more famous compatriots, it can serve as a goalpost to achieving truly complete and useful APIs. Read more

Scalable APIs are Built From Consistency

Scalability is a hard sought after quality in making architectural decisions for software products these days. Yet, the most robust way to increase the likelihood that your product continues to scale to end user needs is through APIs. That’s probably old news for most. 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

Most common instances of unrestful APIs

The API that Defied REST: Most Common Instances of unRESTful APIs, and What Really Matters

RESTful design is akin to the graphical user interface on modern computers — ubiquitous enough to be considered the de facto choice, but in practice, not necessarily the only option. REST is certainly considered by many to be the king of the hill, but it’s wrong to think it’s the only player in town. Read more

What Data Formats Should My API Support?

When considering the design, implementation, and maintenance of APIs, one of the most important factors to consider is data formats — how the API handles the interaction between data generation and data request. This path between generation and manipulation, typically between server and client, is the crux of the API ecosystem. Read more