Monthly Archives: May 2013

API Hierarchy of Needs

The API hierarchy of needs is inspired by the work of Abraham Maslow, a psychologist who created a theory that explains how human needs are fulfilled — the Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.

API Hierarchy of Needs

API Hierarchy of Needs

While Maslow’s goal was to understand and explain the priorities of human needs, from breathing and feeding to self-esteem and morality, the API hierarchy of needs explains different characteristics that make an APIĀ usable.

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APIdays Mediterranea

May 30, 31 & June 1, 2013 in Madrid, Spain

APIdays Mediterranea

APIdays Mediterranea is the event that will get together business, projects and people from the API ecosystem in Southern Europe and Mediterranean countries.

Do you really need API Versioning?

The only thing that we know for certain about the future is that things will change, and that is especially true in our industry. If your APIs are successful they will be used in ways you never had foreseen and the data you deliver will be combined with other data in very surprising ways.

photo by Bruce Denis

At the same time technology will change and what your organisation can and want to deliver to its customers will change. In order to keep relevant and to keep serving these ever evolving needs and requirements your APIs need to change and you need to know how to handle these changes.

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Implementing API Content Negotiation

What exactly is Content Negotiation? According to Wikipedia it’s “a mechanism defined in the HTTP specification that makes it possible to serve different versions of a document at the same URI, so that user agents can specify which version fit their capabilities the best”.

photo by JD Hancock

So, it serves two purposes: (1) making it possible to have different versions of the same response, and (2) letting clients specify which version they want to receive. Usually, this technique is applied when there are several types of user agents consuming the same HTTP resource but, because they have different rendering capabilities, they might ask for different content types.

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