Batch (Github) API calls with CSV and Postman runner and visualizer

By Arnaud Lauret, April 7, 2021

Do you need to make a repetitive task that could be done through an API instead of a UI? Do you need to make many API calls but don’t want to code? This post is made for you: you’ll learn to use Postman and CSV files to batch API calls. You may also learn a thing or two about API design, Github APIs (yes, plural) and other Postman features (variables, security, command line, visualizer, …) in the making. If you never have used Postman or Github APIs, no problem, everything will be explained.


7 ways leading to wrong ownership and killing APIs

By Arnaud Lauret, March 28, 2021

After hundreds of API design reviews, I can tell that the most neglected aspect of API governance is ownership. Unfortunately, that’s probably the most important one. Without true ownership, your APIs will probably be totally wrong. Without true ownership, your employees will be terribly sad or leave. Without true ownership, your company may even die. As an API design reviewer, I believe that my role is also to warn the teams I’m working with about this topic and help them to fix the problem.


The Augmented API Design Reviewer

By Arnaud Lauret, December 13, 2020
API Design Reviews can be a total nightmare when it comes to check API Design Guidelines conformance. Hopefully, this can be automated using the OpenAPI Specification and Spectral, helping you to focus on real API design matters.
API Days Interface 2020 Series - Part 2

Doing APIs right and doing right APIs

By Arnaud Lauret, July 26, 2020

API Days Interface being online made the experience a bit different but after 3 days, I felt almost as usual; exhausted and my brain boiling. In previous post, I shared my feelings about my first online conference. Now let’s talk about the content; Sam Newman doing a facepalm, API design, architecture, governance and my new favorite quote “Doing APIs right, doing right APIs”.


APIs You Won't Hate Podcast - The API Handyman Cometh

By Phil Sturgeon, Matt Trask & Arnaud Lauret, July 9, 2020

It was great to chat with Phil Sturgeon and Matt Trask on the APIs You Won’t Hate Podcast. We talked about API Design and Reviews, and we also talk about life in quarantine, as France completely shut down and how Phil made it back in time to England before the lock downs took place.

API Days Interface 2020 Series - Part 1

Speaking into the void

By Arnaud Lauret, July 8, 2020

I’ve attended and spoke at API Days Interface online conference on June 20, July 1 & 2, 2020. Being online made the experience a bit different but after almost 3 days, I felt almost as usual; exhausted and my brain boiling with all what I’ve heard and seen. In this first post I share my feelings about attending and speaking at an online conference.


I'd Rather Be Writing Podcast - API Design and Usability

By Tom Johnson & Arnaud Lauret, July 8, 2020

I had the pleasure to chat with Tom Johnson for his I’d Rather Be Writing Podcast. We talked about my book, The Design of Web APIs, and specifically best practices for designing web APIs and focus on the roles technical writers can play.

JQ and OpenAPI Series - Part 4

Bonus: Coloring JQ's raw output

By Arnaud Lauret, July 6, 2020

Ever wanted to quickly find, extract or modify data coming from some JSON documents on the command line? JQ is the tool you’re looking for. The three previous parts of this JQ and OpenAPI Series, taught us to extract data from JSON (OpenAPI) files and modify them using many filters, creating modules and using command line arguments. To finish this series, we’ll learn to color JQ’s raw terminal output and do a colored version of part 2’s search operations.


API Design Reviewer's Starter Set

By Arnaud Lauret, June 29, 2020
Explore subterranean needs! Plunder hoards of inconsistency! Battle legendary design flaws! The API Design Reviewer’s Starter Set is your gateway to exhaustive and constructive API design reviews. It contains the essential rules of design reviews plus a few tips and trick that will be of great help on your perilous adventures in the API world.

The Design of Everyday APIs

By Arnaud Lauret, June 28, 2020
Well-designed APIs are a joy to use; poorly-designed APIs are cumbersome, confusing and frustrating, just like everyday things. During this session, I make a parallel between everyday things design and API design to expose simple but fundamentals design principles.
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