Beautiful APIs
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Beautiful APIs

About the Book

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.

About the Author

Cesare Pautasso
Cesare Pautasso

Cesare Pautasso is full professor at the Software Institute at USI, Lugano, Switzerland. Previously he was a researcher at the IBM Zurich Research Lab. His research group focuses on the Architecture, design and engineering of next-generation Web information systems. He is the co-author of the book "SOA with REST" (2012), "Just Send an Email: Anti-Patterns for Email-Centric Organizations" (2015), the "BPMN Sketch Miner" (2019), "Software Architecture: visual lecture notes" (2020), "Business Process Modeling, Management and Mining: visual lecture notes" (2021), "Beautiful APIs" (2021), and "Beautiful API Evolution" (2021).

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Reader Testimonials

Erik Wilde
Erik Wilde

APIs should be conceived and designed with the goal to produce easy-to-understand and easy-to-use APIs. This book gives you beautiful examples of APIs found in the wild, and shows you how you can reduce them to a very condensed view.

Michael O'Flaherty
Michael O'Flaherty

Very Inspirational

I am impressed with the simplicity of your visualization. That is what makes your book so powerful. Thank you for a very enjoyable book. Highly recommended!

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