Attempting to define API governance
By Arnaud Lauret
In the collective unconscious, API governance often rhymes with API police. Reducing API governance to the need for order caused by the chaos of an organization’s myriad APIs is too reductive, and it risks not looking at the problem at hand from the right angle. Why not define API governance relatively to IT governance, corporate governance, and governance to better understand what it is?
OpenAPI Specification Reference Series - Part 2
What is the info property in OpenAPI?
By Arnaud Lauret
The info property of an OpenAPI document contains metadata that provides an overview of an API, but what does it represent exactly? How did it evolve across the OpenAPI Specification versions? And how to can it be used and misused? This is the second post in the OpenAPI Specification Reference series.
Le Clash REST vs GraphQL
By Nicolas Barrasson & Jonathan Jalouzot & Arnaud Lauret
Talking about The Design of Web APIs with Erik Wilde
By Erik Wilde & Arnaud Lauret
Had a great time chatting with Erik Wilde about the motivation for writing The Design of Web APIs book, and why it specifically focuses on the design aspect of the API lifecycle (and also why it is not titled The Implementation of Web APIs).
I started this project with a simple API Design Guidelines list in mind and ended with a fully analyzed collection of API design guidelines. I created it for others but I use it myself too. When I wonder how to handle some API design matters, I select the related topic and read how others handle it. To be honest, it needs some refresh, it is a real pain to update and maintain and could be more user friendly; that’s on my todo list.
I built the OpenAPI map because I was constantly searching for “how do this with the OpenAPI spec” and also “but where is that thing” in the specification. Having the OpenAPI specification represented as a tree given essential information and quick access to source documentation of each element saved me countless time.
API Developer Weekly Newsletter
Hundreds if not thousand of websites talk about APIs, I rely on James Higginbotham’s newsletter to stay up to date about what is happening in the API space thanks to his weekly selection of great posts.
Net API Notes Newsletter
I always read Matthew Reinbold’s Net API Notes Newsletter with delight. It’s not just a bunch of links; every week Matthew actually writes a letter in which he shares his thoughts accompanied with links to relevant posts of the past week.
If you wonder what means a 418 HTTP status code or which RFC defines the txn JWT claim, Web concepts is what you’re looking for. I just stopped doing HTTP/web/RFC related search, I now always check Erik Wilde’s web concepts first and usually find what I’m looking for instantly. Icing on the cake, all data is also available in JSON format.