RESTful API Design

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API-University Press, Aug 29, 2016 - Computers - 294 pages
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Looking for Best Practices for RESTful APIs?

This book is for you! Why? Because this book is packed with practical experience on what works best for RESTful API Design.


You want to design APIs like a Pro?

Use API description languages to both design APIs and develop APIs efficiently. The book introduces the two most common API description languages RAML, OpenAPI, and Swagger.


Your company cares about its customers?

Learn API product management with a customer-centric design and development approach for APIs. Learn how to manage APIs as a product and how to follow an API-first approach. Build APIs your customers love!


You want to manage the complete API lifecycle?

An API development methodology is proposed to guide you through the lifecycle: API inception, API design, API development, API publication, API evolution, and maintenance.


You want to build APIs right?

This book shows best practices for REST design, such as the correct use of resources, URIs, representations, content types, data formats, parameters, HTTP status codes, and HTTP methods.


Your APIs connect to legacy systems?

The book shows best practices for connecting APIs to existing backend systems.


Your APIs connect to a mesh of microservices?

The book shows the principles for designing APIs for scalable, autonomous microservices.


You expect lots of traffic on your API?

The book shows you how to achieve high performance, availability and maintainability.


You want to build APIs that last for decades?

We study API versioning, API evolution, backward- and forward-compatibility and show API design patterns for versioning.


The API-University Series is a modular series of books on API-related topics. Each book focuses on a particular API topic, so you can select the topics within APIs, which are relevant for you.

 

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Contents

Introduction
19
APIs as Products
31
API Design and Development Approach
37
API Design with API Description Languages
59
API Architectural Design Decisions
71
Introduction to REST
91
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101
API Frontend Design Decisions
103
OpenAPISwagger for API Frontend Design
171
RAML for API Frontend Design
185
API Backend Design Decisions
197
NonFunctional Properties of APIs
207
126
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About the author (2016)

Matthias is a techie at heart with a background in APIs, AI, security and software engineering. At some point, he got a Ph.D.


Nowadays, he uses his technical background to help companies define their digital strategy, execute their transformation agendas, and bring innovations to the market.


He also loves sharing his knowledge in the classroom, at workshops, and in his books. Matthias is an instructor at the API-University, publishes a blog on APIs, is the author of several books on APIs, and regularly speaks at technology conferences. 

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