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Principles of Effective RESTful API Design

REST API design is one of the most critical and challenging aspects of building a modern platform. It often considers (and leads) the creation of other parts of the system, such as authentication, authorization, and authorization (and much more). 

Regarding API design, there are always best practices to follow. There is no one right way of doing things. But following the best practices can help you keep your API running smoothly by minimizing downtime and ensuring that your API remains secure and resilient in the face of attacks from malicious users or outside forces such as DDoS attacks, DDOS, or other types of denial-of-service attacks.

What is a REST API?

REST stands for Representational State Transfer. It represents the interface between a client and server in a distributed system. The purpose of using an API is to make it easier for developers to integrate their applications with external web services.

An API is an application programming interface (API) that provides access to systems, data, and software components over the Internet. An API can be thought of as a set of software functions that a software system exposes to enable users to interact with the system.

There are various kinds of RESTful APIs:

Functional APIs: These APIs provide only read operations. They allow you to use the server to retrieve data or perform actions like creating a new record or updating an existing one.

Content-based APIs: This type of API is based on the concept of converting a resource into an elaborate representation format (JSON, XML). In this model, the client sends a request which contains data in its design along with information about how it should be converted into JSON/XML format by the server before returning it to the client.

Resource-oriented APIs: This type of API uses resources such as files, images, and documents instead of URLs for representing data about them.

REST API Design Best Practices

The REST API Design Best Practices are a set of guidelines that can help you to design and implement your APIs in the best possible way.

They are based on the principles of good web design and will help you to:

● Understand what REST is and why it matters.

● Create APIs that are easy to use, well documented, and don't break when the underlying technology changes.

● Make your API accessible via any programming language or framework.

● Allow for changes in features or functionality without breaking backward compatibility.

Organize the API design around resources

The API design should be organized around resources, not actions.

Actions should be minor units of work that an application can request. They are usually composed of multiple individual requests. The smallest unit of work is a single HTTP request.

Resources, on the other hand, represent a concept in your application that may be related to several actions. For example, if you have a customer account, it may have multiple orders associated with it. An order can be deleted or modified as one action. Still, it has many attributes and may have been created from other data sources and materialized from reports, systems, or applications.

Use Nouns Instead of Verbs in Endpoints

Nouns are usually better than verbs when it comes to REST API design. Verbs are more specific than nouns, but nouns are easier to understand and read. When you have a verb in your endpoint, it can be difficult for the user to understand what exactly you want them to do. In contrast, if you use a noun in your endpoint, people will know what action they should take without reading any additional information about it.

For example, if you were building an endpoint that allowed users to create new posts on your website, using "create" as a verb would be difficult for users to understand because they might think it meant "create something." However, using "add" as a verb would make their lives easier because they know exactly what action they should take.

Define Requests Clearly

One of the most important first steps in designing an API is to define the requests that a client will make. There are two main types of requests: GET and POST.

All requests that clients can perform should be defined and documented in the REST API. While this may seem obvious, it is surprising how often APIs are created without this step. This is because developers often assume that their clients will be able to figure out what does and does not work with their system from their own experience. In reality, however, the client has very little knowledge about the internal workings of your system and may need information about how to interact with it before they can understand what data you want them to give you back in response to a request.

A good rule of thumb is to assume that any client will always send a GET request when taking action against your site/service. If you want them to be able to update something on your site (for example), then make sure there is at least one method in your API which allows them to update something within your system.

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An API-First Approach For Designing Restful APIs | Hacker Noon

I’ve been working with Restful APIs for some time now and one thing that I love to do is to talk about APIs.

So, today I will show you how to build an API using the API-First approach and Design First with OpenAPI Specification.

First thing first, if you don’t know what’s an API-First approach means, it would be nice you stop reading this and check the blog post that I wrote to the Farfetchs blog where I explain everything that you need to know to start an API using API-First.

Preparing the ground

Before you get your hands dirty, let’s prepare the ground and understand the use case that will be developed.

Tools

If you desire to reproduce the examples that will be shown here, you will need some of those items below.

  • NodeJS
  • OpenAPI Specification
  • Text Editor (I’ll use VSCode)
  • Command Line

Use Case

To keep easy to understand, let’s use the Todo List App, it is a very common concept beyond the software development community.

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RESTful API Design Driven Approach

In this tutorial I will show you the fundamentals of designing a RESTful API specification by applying REST principles and best practices, then you’ll be ready to try my online tutorial: How to design a REST API with API Designer?

If you already know what is meant by API in the context of RESTful web services, you can skip to the next section. If not, read on.

Level-Set on API

The abbreviation API stands for Application Programming Interface this in itself, does not help us understand what it is, however in the context of web services, it can refer to one of two things:

  1. The RESTful API specification is written using a modeling language such as Open API specification or RAML (RESTful API Modeling Language) that defines a contract for how software components can interact with a service.
  2. The implementation of a web service or microservice whose contract is designed by REST principles that describe how other services must interact with it.

In this post, I will use the first understanding of this term. Even though both are correct, the most technically relevant for this post is the first: an API is a contract for how software applications talk to each other.

Level-Set on REST

The acronym REST stands for REpresentational State Transfer. It is an architectural style used to represent the transmission of data from one application component to another. In the context of web services, we are talking about the representation of resources (i.e. data) transferred over HTTP by calling a URI that represents the data and via an HTTP method that represents the action to perform against the given data.

What Is RESTful API design?

RESTful API design is the activity of describing the behavior of a web service in terms of its data structures and the actions you allow other application components to perform on its data by the principles of REST. Those principles are covered later in this blog.

Why Design a RESTful API?

Imagine that you are an Architect (the kind the design building) and you set out to build an office block without a blueprint. You turn up on the first day with a truck full of bricks and some cement. What are the chances that you’ll be successful and build a structure that conforms to code and more importantly, doesn’t fall? It’s about zero. Without a blueprint the chance of failure is high.

The same approach applies to web service development. You need a blueprint, or more appropriately, an API specification. This is necessary to evaluate the API design and solicit feedback before even starting to build the implementation.

In addition to providing a specification for the web service’s development, an API contract serves to document its expected behavior, data types, and security requirements.

You should now be satisfied that API design is necessary for a RESTful web service, and should start to wonder how is the best approach to actually designing an API specification.

API Design Tooling

The tooling chosen by an API designer has substantial influence over the designer’s productivity. Highly productive tools such as the Anypoint API Designer from MuleSoft is perfect for designing APIs with OAS (swagger) or RAML.

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What is REST API? An Overview | Liquid Web

What is REST?

The REST acronym is defined as a “REpresentational State Transfer” and is designed to take advantage of existing HTTP protocols when used for Web APIs. It is very flexible in that it is not tied to resources or methods and has the ability to handle different calls and data formats. Because REST API is not constrained to an XML format like SOAP, it can return multiple other formats depending on what is needed. If a service adheres to this style, it is considered a “RESTful” application. REST allows components to access and manage functions within another application.

REST was initially defined in a dissertation by Roy Fielding’s twenty years ago. He proposed these standards as an alternative to SOAP (The Simple Object Access Protocol is a simple standard for accessing objects and exchanging structured messages within a distributed computing environment). REST (or RESTful) defines the general rules used to regulate the interactions between web apps utilizing the HTTP protocol for CRUD (create, retrieve, update, delete) operations.

What is an API?

An API (or Application Programming Interface) provides a method of interaction between two systems.

What is a RESTful API?

A RESTful API (or application program interface) uses HTTP requests to GET, PUT, POST, and DELETE data following the REST standards. This allows two pieces of software to communicate with each other. In essence, REST API is a set of remote calls using standard methods to return data in a specific format.

The systems that interact in this manner can be very different. Each app may use a unique programming language, operating system, database, etc. So, how do we create a system that can easily communicate and understand other apps?? This is where the Rest API is used as an interaction system.

When using a RESTful API, we should determine in advance what resources we want to expose to the outside world. Typically, the RESTful API service is implemented, keeping the following ideas in mind:

  • Format: There should be no restrictions on the data exchange format
  • Implementation: REST is based entirely on HTTP
  • Service Definition: Because REST is very flexible, API can be modified to ensure the application understands the request/response format.
  • The RESTful API focuses on resources and how efficiently you perform operations with it using HTTP.

The features of the REST API design style state:

  • Each entity must have a unique identifier.
  • Standard methods should be used to read and modify data.
  • It should provide support for different types of resources.
  • The interactions should be stateless.

For REST to fit this model, we must adhere to the following rules:

  • Client-Server Architecture: The interface is separate from the server-side data repository. This affords flexibility and the development of components independently of each other.
  • Detachment: The client connections are not stored on the server between requests.
  • Cacheability: It must be explicitly stated whether the client can store responses.
  • Multi-level: The API should work whether it interacts directly with a server or through an additional layer, like a load balancer.

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Business to Customer REST API for Unilevel MLM Woo-Commerce will empower your Woo-commerce site with the most powerful Unilevel MLM Woo-Commerce REST API, you will be able to get and send data to your marketplace from other mobile apps or websites using HTTP Rest API request.
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Opencart REST API extensions - V3.x | Rest API Integration, Affiliate

Opencart REST API extensions - V3.x | Rest API Integration : OpenCart APIs is fully integrated with the OpenCart REST API. This is interact with your OpenCart site by sending and receiving data as JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) objects. Using the OpenCart REST API you can register the customers and purchasing the products and it provides data access to the content of OpenCart users like which is publicly accessible via the REST API. This APIs also provide the E-commerce Mobile Apps.

Opencart REST API 
OCRESTAPI Module allows the customer purchasing product from the website it just like E-commerce APIs its also available mobile version APIs.

Opencart Rest APIs List 
Customer Registration GET APIs.
Customer Registration POST APIs.
Customer Login GET APIs.
Customer Login POST APIs.
Checkout Confirm GET APIs.
Checkout Confirm POST APIs.


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