Production Grade APIs
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Production Grade APIs

How to understand, build and maintain APIs for production

About the Book

This book is fundamentally about understanding. We begin the book by taking a look at HTTP and how this method of communicating on the internet works together with popular frameworks to create web servers. With this level of understanding, we'll go into what APIs are at the fundamental level, before gradually adding layers on top of this foundational understanding.

About the Author

I'm a software engineer passionate about building quality products and shipping code faster. Currently a senior principal engineer at unleash, enabling software teams all over the world to ship faster with lower risk. Father of a beautiful daughter, and husband to her amazing mother.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Acknowledgements
  • Chapter One - Foundations
    • The hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP)
    • HTTP Basics
    • The anatomy of a HTTP Message
    • The value of predictability
    • The internet postman
    • The webserver
  • Chapter Two - Introduction to APIs
    • API use cases
    • Web Services
    • Web service architecture patterns
    • REST API by example
    • Exercises
  • Chapter Three - Writing a REST API
    • Tools
    • Initial structure
    • Setting up the product endpoints
    • Error handling
    • Data validation
    • Logging
    • Environment variables
  • Chapter Four - Testing your API
    • A is for automation
    • Implementing automated testing
  • Chapter Five - Persistant storage
    • Storage options
  • Chapter Five - API Documentation
  • Chapter seven - API Performance

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