Surviving Other People's Web APIs
Surviving Other People's Web APIs
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Surviving Other People's Web APIs

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Last updated on 2019-07-05

About the Book

API Developers focus so much on designing and building their APIs, yet often we seem to forget the folks on the other end of the line. You, the frontend and backend developers trying to integrate our data and functionality into your own work, often get left with junky docs, or are just assumed to know how things are going to work.

Just like with Build APIs You Won’t Hate, this book will take a non-academic, easy-to-read approach to some pretty complex topics around HTTP interactions, versioning, client-caching, state management, differences between how you interact with RPC, REST and GraphQL, using JSON Schema for local validation, and all sorts of other awesome stuff that nobody ever bothered to mention to you.

About the Authors

Phil Sturgeon
Phil Sturgeon

Since 2010 I've worked as a freelancer, consultant, Head of API, and CTO, for several API-centric technology startups. Most recently I have been working as an internal API consultant for WeWork, where I used my experience to help educate developers, define standards for API design and architecture, and work on open-source tooling like OpenAPI, JSON Schema, and HTTP. WeWork has 50+ APIs, and trying to get them all playing nicely together was a constant source of learning for me and those involved. Timeouts, circuit breakers, using service mesh instead of just hoping for the best, nd generally focusing on better design, leveraging async whenever possible, and all sorts of other interesting issues.

When I'm not fighting APIs I'm riding bikes. Racing them, crashing them, or rolling around with my mates, I'm either on two wheels, writing about tech, having a cider, or D) all of the above.

Mike Bifulco
Mike Bifulco

Mike is Director of Technology for The Gymasium, a MOOC offering free courses in software design and development skills. His background is in software development, and user experience design. When he's not pretending he knows what he's doing in front of a computer, Mike is also a musician, a cyclist, and a yogi.

He graduated from the University of the London Underground, Mornington Crescent campus, and is perhaps most well known for his groundbreaking research on the mating rituals of chemtrails, and once famously said "I don't trust anything that swims for a living."

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