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Effective Design of RESTful APIs
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Effective Design of RESTful APIs

with Keith Casey

Video: Welcome

- Hi, everybody, I'm Keith Casey and this is Effective Design of RESTful APIs. We'll start with a simple overview of what it takes to add an effective API then we'll move on to defining who will benefit from your API and what they will hope to accomplish with it. Next, we'll paper test our API to make sure it makes sense. Once we have our API modeled, we'll dive into the HTTP concepts, and REST constraints that help determine our design. Finally, we'll learn how a good API is like a Choose Your Own Adventure book as we talk about link relations and explore an API without the documentation. So let's get down to business and design some effective APIs.

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Effective Design of RESTful APIs
44m 11s Intermediate Aug 13, 2014

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Developers creating websites needs to know how to build RESTful APIs correctly. This course will help you plan and model your own APIs and understand the six REST design constraints that help guide your architecture. Author Keith Casey starts with a simple overview, including advice on identifying the users or "participants" of your system and the activities they might perform with it. He'll help you paper test your model, validating the design before you build it. You'll then explore the HTTP concepts and REST constraints needed to build your API. Challenges along the way help you test your skills and open your mind to other API design possibilities, such as APIs without documentation.

Topics include:
  • The three approaches to adding an API
  • Modeling tips
  • Creating and grouping API methods
  • Mapping activities to verbs and actions
  • Validating your API
  • Working with HTTP headers and response codes
  • Caching
  • Layered systems
  • Creating a uniform interface
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Developer Mobile Apps Web Development
Software:
API
Author:
Keith Casey

Welcome

- Hi, everybody, I'm Keith Casey and this is Effective Design of RESTful APIs. We'll start with a simple overview of what it takes to add an effective API then we'll move on to defining who will benefit from your API and what they will hope to accomplish with it. Next, we'll paper test our API to make sure it makes sense. Once we have our API modeled, we'll dive into the HTTP concepts, and REST constraints that help determine our design. Finally, we'll learn how a good API is like a Choose Your Own Adventure book as we talk about link relations and explore an API without the documentation. So let's get down to business and design some effective APIs.

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