A while back I wrote an article called Understanding RPC, REST and GraphQL which outlined the "what" in how these various approaches differ. This got a few people thinking I was saying REST was drastically superior in all ways, which is a common conclusion when folks hear me describe REST as a layer of abstractions on top of RPC… More abstractions does not mean definitively "better", sometimes that's going to be overkill, so let's look at when you might want to use which.
API Evolution is making a comeback these days with GraphQL and gRPC advocates shouting about it. Whatever API paradigm or implementation you subscribe to, evolution is available to you. REST advocates have been recommending API evolution for decades, so let's take a look at how that can work.
My previous article explained the divergence between OpenAPI and JSON Schema (a.k.a the subset/superset/sideset problem), and promised solutions. One of those solutions is a tangible thing, which you can install right now! The other is now ready for tool vendors to start considering.
This article is going to explain the divergence between OpenAPI and JSON Schema, which I've been calling the subset/superset/sideset problem. It'll finish up explaining how we're going to solve it, and ~I'll write part 2 when it is solved~ part two explains the solution.
Back in October I wrote Chasing the Perfect API Specification Workflow, which was a huge article about the state of the API specification world. One person trying to figure out a good workflow, in a sea of alternative specifications, with incomplete tooling, making it hard to see a solution for all the partial bits of functionality.
The misunderstandings on REST continue, and I'm happy to explain them all up!
This article outlines a list of common misunderstandings about REST, so I thought it would be a nice opportunity to set the record straight on a bunch of them. The article is really just 100% misunderstandings, so lets learn some stuff!
Last month today OpenAPI v3.0 was released, and not only is there a lot of cool stuff, but it unblocks some akward situations with vendor prefixes and other lacking features. I was hoping the tooling would be hot on its tails. Progress is being made in all of the repositories I've got my eyes on, but sadly v3.0 support is not there yet.
With endpoint-based APIs you get to choose if you want increased likelihood of network cache hits, or the ability to slim down the response. The two goals are mutually exclusive, but there is a compromise that can be made.
Documentation is a nice thing to have, but it is often treated as optional or superfluous, especially in teams where the clients and servers are managed by the same people. Here the code is considered the contract, so why define it again in documentation?