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  • Overcoming RESTlessness

    New API protocols like GraphQL, gRPC, and Apache Kafka have risen in popularity as alternatives to REST-inspired HTTP APIs. Instead of seeking to replace REST, the software engineering industry should seek to evolve by building on the maturity of the REST ecosystem while exploiting the technological strengths of the new protocols.

  • Give REST a Rest with RSocket

    Representational State Transfer (REST) has become the de facto standard for communicating between microservices. The author argues that is not a good thing. We need a modern material to replace HTTP for creating modern services. Open source RSocket is designed for services. It is a connection-oriented, message-driven protocol with built-in flow control at the application level.​​​​​​​

  • The Argument for WCF Hosting in .NET Core

    Should WCF Hosting be Supported in .NET Core? To a lot of people this seems like a strange question; the answer is obviously... yes? no? Well actually it is quite contentious with people on both sides of the issue fiercely arguing for their position. We’ll try to unpack the debate and explain the arguments on both sides.

  • An "Integration-First" Approach to Building a Commerce Platform for Payment Terminals

    In this article Praveen Alavilli describes how they designed a payment terminal system for interoperability and extensibility, allowing developers to build new shopping experiences.

  • Always Be Publishing: Continuous Integration & Collaboration in Code Repositories for REST API Docs

    API documentation is an often overlooked part of making any API a success. This article explores how to make the documentation part of a continuous integration pipeline keeping it closer to the code itself.

  • An Open API Initiative Update

    The Open API Initiative group is evolving what has become the de-facto standard API Description Format to produce a consistent and compatible format for describing APIs, allowing interoperation between tooling, systems, and runtime environments. Tony Tam, creator of the popular Swagger Specification is providing an update on the group activity.

  • Creating RESTful Services with T4 Based on Model and Interfaces

    When generating RESTful services with WebAPI, a lot of boilerplate code has to be implemented. Amel Musić demonstrates how T4 and EnvDTE can be used to create a flexible code generator that dramatically reduces the amount of time and effort this takes.

  • HTTP-RPC: A Lightweight Cross-Platform REST Framework

    HTTP-RPC is an open-source framework allowing developers to create and access cross-platform polyglot RESTful web services using a convenient, RPC-like metaphor, while preserving fundamental REST principles such as statelessness and uniform resource access.

  • Metadata-Driven Design: Building Web APIs for Dynamic Mobile Apps

    More than ten years ago, software architect Kevin Perera invented a design method for architectures that was called "metadata-driven design and development". In this article, Aaron Kendall explains how to use this design method and outlines similarities as well as differences to current techniques like RESTful services or HATEOAS by implementing a metadata-driven mobile application.

  • Managing Technology with CORE Strategy & Architectural C’s & P’s

    Suman Pradhan, who has worked in healthcare, financials and technology sectors, has written about developing the CORE (Consolidate, Optimize, Refresh and Enable) approach to helping architects and developers build sustainable solutions that match the business needs. In this article he discusses CORE and compares and contrasts with other software architectural techniques.

  • Service-Oriented Architecture and Legacy Systems

    In this article, authors provide an overview of current SOA technologies and how to evolve in legacy environments. They also discuss the topics of SOAP vs. REST web services, Enterprise Application Integration and incremental transition to SOA in legacy environments.

  • REST-y Reader

    Rounding out our first Web APIs series Mike shares books he recommends for those who want to learn more about designing, implementing, and maintaining APIs for the Web.

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