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What is User-Driven API Design?

04.14.2013
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A new blog post on the Sendicate blog shares a few lessons about API design.  Some distillations of those lessons follow:

  • The UI is the concern of the app that consumes the API, not the API itself.  Don't let the UI influence your API!
  • Denormalized data is easier to read.  Don't just leave things like 'key' and 'value' in there.  You don't need extra information to show how the data is being stored.
  • Get the most simplified and appropriate API endpoint for your app.
  • Use HTTP header fields to simplify your API wrapper's code.


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