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  • On Abstractions and For-Each Performance in C#

    by Jonathan Allen on  Sep 29, 2016 2

    Donald Knuth famously said, “We should forget about small efficiencies, say about 97% of the time”. But when faced with the other 3%, it is good to know what’s going on behind the scenes. So in this article we’ll be taking a dive into the foreach loop.

  • Designing with Exceptions in .NET

    by Jonathan Allen on  Sep 09, 2016

    Exceptions are an integral part of working with .NET, but far too many developers don’t think about them from an API design perspective. Most of their work begins and ends with knowing which exceptions they need to catch and which should be allowed to hit the global logger. You can significantly reduce the time it takes to correct bugs if you design the API to use exceptions correctly.

  • Microservices Evolution at SoundCloud

    by Alex Giamas on  Mar 21, 2016 3

    At the MicroXchg conference in Berlin, Bora Tunca from SoundCloud presented the evolution of SoundCloud’s microservices architecture throughout the years. We had the opportunity to interview him and learn more about SoundCloud’s architecture evolution and microservices in general.

Graph API in a Large Scale Environment

Posted by Maor Cohen on  Feb 13, 2016

MyHeritage and its FamilyGraph API support millions of API calls every day providing a huge challenge in terms of performance, scalability and security.

Metadata-Driven Design: Designing a Flexible Engine for API Data Retrieval

Posted by Aaron Kendall on  Apr 13, 2015

Bulk data is usually accessed via files & FTP. As collaboration migrates to APIs, what are the requirements for data APIs? Here we describe a meta-data driven architecture for bulk data ingestion.

Review: Designing APIs for the Web

Posted by Mark W. Foster on  Dec 06, 2014

Mike Amundsen's series "Designing APIs for the Web" is a straightforward dive into API design suitable for a broad set of stakeholders. This article reviews the series so you know what to expect.

Why Some Web APIs Are Not RESTful and What Can Be Done About It

Posted by Abel Avram on  Oct 26, 2014

Many Web API designers claim their are RESTful, but their APIs have little in common with REST. What can be done to make a web service API truly RESTful? 8

Restify and Mobilize Your Data

Posted by Val Huber on  May 21, 2014

Val Huber explains creating a RESTful API from an existing database schema, extending the API to define multi-table hierarchical resources, and adding behavior using declarative reactive expressions. 2

Designing an Event Log API with RAML

Posted by Saul Caganoff on  Apr 11, 2014

The RAML API specification language includes constructs that reduce duplication inherent in other formats. This article steps through a simple API design to illustrate some of RAML's DRY features. 1

Seven Steps to Create an Unbeatable Enterprise Mobility Strategy

Posted by Arun Bhattacharya on  Apr 01, 2014

As mobility is transforming our lives, this article gives a step-by-step approach on how enterprises can seamlessly connect their mobile workforce to back-end systems for increased productivity. 1

Minding the API Hierarchy of Needs with RAML and APIkit

Posted by Reza Shafii on  Jan 15, 2014

Reza Shafii explains how to satisfy two fundamental needs of API design and implementation, as defined by the API hierarchy of needs, with RAML, API Designer and APIkit.

Exposing CQRS Through a RESTful API

Posted by Ali Kheyrollahi on  Dec 09, 2013

We demonstrate how to build a RESTful API on top of CQRS systems. The result joins HTTP semantics and REST style with distributed computing concerns such as eventual consistency and concurrency. 7

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