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Beautiful APIs

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APIs, visualized. These books present the catalog of a virtual exhibition of Web API structures, visualized both in space and time. Learn how to design and evolve your API by looking at hundreds of real-world examples.

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Beautiful APIs

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This book presents the catalog of a virtual exhibition featuring the structural visualizations of 93 Web APIs of different sizes and shapes. The diagrams are drawn based on the exact API specification found on some open source repository.

While there are many books on how to design good APIs, the goal of this book is to show a small sample of actual API designs. There is a lot that can be learned from them.

All APIs represented are Web APIs: they come from the time when many attempted with very different results to use the HTTP protocol to remotely invoke software delivered as a service.

The APIs have been selected mainly due to their visual appearance.

Erik Wilde
Michael O'Flaherty

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Beautiful API Evolution

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This book presents the catalog of a virtual exhibition featuring different visualizations of the structural evolution of 51 Web APIs of different sizes and shapes, showing how they mostly grow but sometimes also shed some dead branches over the years.

The diagrams are drawn based on the exact OpenAPI specifications as they were versioned on some open source repository.

While there are many books on how to improve the design of existing APIs, the goal of this book is to show a small sample of actual API designs undergoing change. Learn from these examples to avoid false starts and discover which structures turn out to be stable over the years.

All APIs represented are Web APIs: they come from the age when many attempted with very different results to use the HTTP protocol to remotely invoke software delivered as a service.

The APIs have been selected mainly due to their visual appearance.

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