Beautiful Big APIs
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Beautiful Big APIs

About the Book

This data art book presents the catalog of a virtual exhibition featuring the structural visualizations of 400 Web APIs of extremely large size.

While there are many books on how to design good APIs, the goal of this coffee table e-book is to visualize the result of such API design efforts, especially regarding APIs which have grown to reach a rather big size. (The smallest API in this collection features 250 operations)

All APIs represented are Web APIs: they come from the time when the HTTP protocol was used in many different ways to remotely invoke software delivered as a service.

The diagrams are drawn based on the exact OpenAPI specification as it was found on the Web.

The APIs have been selected, sorted and shelved mainly following 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), "Beautiful API Evolution" (2021), and "Beautiful Big APIs" (2022).

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Reader Testimonials

Michele Lanza
Michele Lanza

Software Visualization Wizard

Super cool

Erik Wilde
Erik Wilde

Gone overboard with cute pictures

A Smörgåsbord of high artistic quality. I recommend tasting a few APIs every day.

Table of Contents

  • Read-Only
  • Remote Procedure Calls
  • Read Write
  • Read Write Update
  • Read Write Delete
  • Create Read Update Delete
  • Create Read Patch Delete
  • CRUD+Patch
  • REST
  • BIG

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