The Design of Web APIs

Arnaud Lauret
Foreword by Kin Lane
  • October 2019
  • ISBN 9781617295102
  • 392 pages
  • printed in black & white

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Assembles the fundamental building blocks of API design in an easy-to-access way, and walks you through the vast landscape in a friendly and comfortable manner.

From the Foreword by Kin Lane, The API Evangelist
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The Design of Web APIs is a practical, example-packed guide to crafting extraordinary web APIs. Author Arnaud Lauret demonstrates fantastic design principles and techniques you can apply to both public and private web APIs.

about the technology

An API frees developers to integrate with an application without knowing its code-level details. Whether you’re using established standards like REST and OpenAPI or more recent approaches like GraphQL or gRPC, mastering API design is a superskill. It will make your web-facing services easier to consume and your clients—internal and external—happier.

about the book

Drawing on author Arnaud Lauret's many years of API design experience, this book teaches you how to gather requirements, how to balance business and technical goals, and how to adopt a consumer-first mindset. It teaches effective practices using numerous interesting examples.

what's inside

  • Characteristics of a well-designed API
  • User-oriented and real-world APIs
  • Secure APIs by design
  • Evolving, documenting, and reviewing API designs

about the reader

Written for developers with minimal experience building and consuming APIs.

about the author

A software architect with extensive experience in the banking industry, Arnaud Lauret has spent 10 years using, designing, and building APIs. He blogs under the name of API Handyman and has created the API Stylebook website.

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Answers nagging and complicated questions with a simple philosophy, but never tries to hide anything from you. A fantastic introduction to the field.

Bridger Howell, SoFi.com

An excellent guidebook for establishing a path to RESTful APIs.

Shawn Smith, Penn State University

Combines real-world examples with difficult abstract ideas.

Shayn Cornwell, XeroOne Systems
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