The buzzing key word in the IT industry is “WEB API” and almost all the leading organization have registered there APIs for the world to use. API is an acronym for Application Programing Interface. WEB API is an interface that defines a request-response message system and expressed by either JSON or XML. By crafting their APIs these companies target the developer as their customer. So for a developer its essential to learn the APIs and their usability for their respective applications. WEBAPIs are RESTful in nature and as a developer we must know the rules of making our application restful.
We have masters in the world for WEB APIs, but this article targets absolute new comers to the world of WEB APIS. This is like an index for your WEB API learning and I have tried my best to compile as many resource as possible to strengthen your learning. As you read the article and move along the page your interest might increase to add something else that I have missed, make sure to put a comment if you want to suggest something.
Roy T. Fielding the creator of REST named to the MIT Technology Review TR100 as one of the top 100 innovators in the world under the age of 35. Fielding’s doctoral dissertation, describes Representational State Transfer (REST) as a key architectural principle of the World Wide Web
Defining WEB APIs
Evolving HTTP APIs by Mark Nottingham
WEB API Design
Web API Design by apigee
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Creating & operating APIs and apps with http://apigee.com/about/
List of APIs
HTTP Status Code / Server Header Response
Web API v2 Security (Training Video from Pluralsight)
ASP.NET Web API Authorization using Tokens by Radenko Zec
8 ways to improve ASP.NET Web API performance by Radenko Zec
Point to consider (But make your own choice)
- At max try to use two base URLs per resource (GET/Lists, GET/Item)
- Collection goes better with HTTP verbs.
Finally if you are in Indian and want to develop some apps for Indian Railways , there is a API for this as well surprise!!! , check here : http://railpnrapi.com/
Well Keep smiling, till next.