Application Programming Interface (API) Design discusses best practises for creating libraries intended for general purpose or public use.

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REST API - Should API Return Nested JSON Objects?

When it comes to JSON APIs is it good practice to flatten out responses and avoid nested JSON objects? As an example lets say we have an API similar to IMDb but for video games. There are a couple ...
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Using many Resource URI to create a Record and handling failure

Hi Guys, I have a decision to make to solve a problem, I’m describing the problem below. Application Overview I have an ASP.NET MVC 4 webApp which uses Rest Api for almost all the tasks, from Login ...
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Should I separate a web api from the webserver?

Lets say I'm building a site similar to this or Quora (or some arbitrary blog-like site). I need a real-time component that will be using web-sockets/long-polling to notify the user of new posts, ...
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C API in C++ with RAII, two alternatives to implement error handling (Exceptions)

I have an API written in C, which produces a result by returning a pointer to allocated memory. For using it with C++ (C++11) I've wrapped the function calls in objects, which keep the result in a ...
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API for expanation of complicated calculation or business rules?

In online shops there are areas with complicated rules. For example is a product visible in the product catalog is a product sold out what is the price for the product (Discounts, Promotions, ...) ...
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Designing an API for service operations with closely related parameters

I'm having trouble deciding how to design this service API. public class GetCurrentValuesRequest { public int ReferenceID { get; set; } public int[] FilterIDs { get; set; } } public class ...
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What is the idiomatic way in REST to handle field level permissions?

REST APIs conventionally expose resources addressed at the object level. While it's easy to do object level permissions using the appropriate HTTP responses, handling field level permissions is a bit ...
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Best way to keep consistent data in model across devices?

I have a model for an app that is fairly large, all of which needs to be on a users' device at the same time. For example, a spreadsheet. If a user makes a change to the model on one device, I want ...
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How to create Public API wrapper with different configuration parameters

I'm looking to see if there is a design pattern that can solve the following problem. The example is fairly specific but the goal is a public + internal API. I need specific information for my ...
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Is there a way to efficiently allow a user to upload multiple content at once for e-commerce type sites?

Sellers on large sites like Amazon and Newegg need to provide names, descriptions, and images for their products to be displayed on the e-commerce sites. These sellers could have 10000+ products to ...
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Do I need to return error: null in JSON response?

When designing a RESTful API that uses JSON to respond to requests, I usually return an object like this when an error happens: { "error": "Something bad happened", "error_code": "XXX" } Do I ...
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In my permissions API, how do I handle objects that don't exist?

Elgg is designing a permissions API loosely around the Activity Streams model. The user API could look (roughly) like: function elgg_can($capability, $subject = null, $object = null, $target = null) ...
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Securing Back End API for Mobile Applications

I have an application that I am writing for both iOS and Android; this application will be served by a ReSTFUL API running on a cluster of servers on "the internets". I am curious how the rest of the ...
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Designing A 2-Way SSL RESTful API

I am starting to develop a WCF API, which should serve some specific clients. We don't know which devices will be using the API so I thought that using a RESTful API will be the most flexible choice. ...
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Request / Reply , how should one initiate the actual sending of the transmission?

I'm working on Language level interfaces to web API's. These libraries are of course built around existing HTTP Request/Reply interfaces. I see myself as having a few options submit method on the ...
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How do you deal with errors in enumeration / list processing (lowish-level API)

Ive struggled with variants of this problem many times, experimenting with different solutions, happy with none. Abstract: Enumerating a list of items, an error for one item does not affect the ...
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REST - Recommendation route: POST or GET?

I'm building an api route which will pull data from our server. This data is sorted in an arbitrary (changing and unknown to the client manner), and will never return the same data more than once. ...
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Design consideration on JSON schema for an API

I have an API endpoint that retrieve data from 3 SQL tables on the server-side. At the moment, I do a SELECT with joins, consolidate/reorganize the selected data based on a JSON schema, and then send ...
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Web Api design - Using Nouns vs verbs

I have this design situation at work. We have a internal Web-Api application and a Asp.Net Web forms application(UI). The web-application is calling Web-Api to update a Contractor. public Class ...
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Individual methods or parameters for Google Analytics abstraction on Android

A coworker and I are having a discussion around the best way to build our abstraction on top of Google Analytics for an Android application. A couple of data points. We have auto-tracking enabled ...
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How can I use protected Tastypie resources within Angular?

I have a working Django 1.7 project with an API (Tastypie) made available for mobile clients (ApiKeyAuthentication). I am using Angular with Chart.js, and so I need to GET some queryset using ...
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Posting different-shaped json documents to the same resource in an API

Is it a good idea to create an API in such a way that clients can post different shaped JSON documents to the same Resource? Let me give you an example and and explanation to why I am asking this. I ...
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OO Design Question - Library/Objects for API which includes id references

Public api: getClients / getClientById - returns a json object like: { clientid: 1, name: "Client1" } getProjects / getProjectById - returns a json object like { projectid: 5, name: ...
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API for accessing CTS and DSR signals of serial port

I'm trying to improve another abstraction of the serial port. The project involved often needs to check one of the single control signals CTS and DSR. This is currently done by a call to ...
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Online error reporting without network access

I have developed an application for android requiring no permissions, but the biggest downside of this is that I don't have error reporting. So, I was playing around for the past week with any ...
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How to get different resources in a single endpoint in RESTful?

I have a REST webservice that have a couple of resources, like Company and User. But now I need to make a modification to the API to return a special list combining company, user and maybe other type ...
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Storage Client Library 2.0 - Why is the API not as intuitive to use as 1.7?

I am migrating to using the new Storage Client Library for my Azure Table Storage. Querying with the previous Storage Client Library 1.7 namespace: var orders = serviceContext ...
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Is RESTFUL API as back-end service one of the best (or suitable) choice for Mobile App? [closed]

I have a background on .NET development, recently I was asked to code back-end service for a mobile app. I had experiences on MVC, and now I'm trying to understand more on Restful Web API. My ...
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When there is no API

When it is necessary to integrate with a web application, and an API is unavailable, is it a viable solution to simulate a web browser interacting with the web application as a real user would ...
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Difference between functional and technical specification [duplicate]

I'm writing a specification for a project, and am struggling with separating functional specification from technical specification (see http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/fog0000000035.html). ...
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C++ library API: new or getters?

I'm writing a C++ wrapper for my C library (my C++ skills are a bit rusty) and I'm wondering what's preferable: allowing user to construct objects themselves or give them objects via getters? What ...
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Idiomatic C API with regards to pointers

I am trying to get a better understanding of how one would structure an API in C. I create a struct Person I have a init function that sets data on that struct I have multiple "helper" functions ...
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Why do APIs generally consist of interfaces? [duplicate]

I am starting out in Java API design and in reading existing code bases, I have found that most APIs consist of interfaces only with their implementations bundled in a different package. Having read ...
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How should an API or server respond when a device connects with a different account than it is bound to?

In my system we have users accounts and user devices. Rules: A user can have only one user account. Each user can have many devices. A device can be bound to only one user account. Upon initial ...
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How my website should use its own API?

Im building small web-service which will provide my users with data through API. Also, some data will be available right on my website. The question is about how to use my own API? Should my website ...
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Web API design best practices - having many (similar) operations

I have a web service (axis2) and the server performs 4 primary operations: createX, removeX, getX and updateX Where X is represented by a combination of 4 values: id1, id2, id3 and id4 So, to ...
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best way to export binary data with additional text attributes to a stream

I would like to create a command line API in a Java application to export a binary blob to stdout. I would additionally like to export certain attributes about the blob, ideally in a non-binary ...
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Sending multiple resources under REST endpoints

I am designing an API where- 1. There can be multiple devices under a gateway. 2. There are multiple sensors on every device. GET /devices/d1/sensors/s1 returns the status of sensor s1 on device ...
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Checking for the presence of optional properties of an object

I'm designing a class that holds several types of data. Some of the properties are optional. For example, let's say I have a class that represents a person, and one of the properties is occupation. ...
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How does public API designer come to the conclusion what shall be provided for future and what not?

Often working with various jars and exploring the features specially in corner cases, I often realize and think that how is that they thought that it might be a useful scenario somewhere in future ...
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Configuration file for an API - should it be web.config?

I have a remote procedure call API where the connection parameters need to be stored somewhere that the API code can access. This API is expected to be used mainly to create web services. I ...
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API authentication with a single ID

A typical API authentication usually rely on a pair of API ID + SECRET, my question is: if the API ID is unique and randomly generated and is considered strong enough (e.g. SHA512), why a SECRET is ...
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JSON schema design for variable response

I am drafting a JSON schema for an API. One of the responses aims to show all the updates to different properties of an given entity. The number of updates may vary from one response to another. For ...
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How to API design architecture for long delay process

Im trying to start an API design using Django Rest Framework, and the problem Im trying to solve is the following: Request endpoint is like this: POST http://server:8080/api/v1/device attribute: ...
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Why does this API include a static “kind” parameter in the request and response?

I am looking at the Google QPX Express API and noticed that each group of parameters includes a kind parameter that is set to a specific string. For example, on the request: { "request": { ...
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What should my RESTful API method look like for a Roulette game?

I'm building a roulette game for fun, and the game will use a RESTful API. I'm building out the functionality for spinning the roulette wheel. I'm using MongoDB and have a collection for players _id ...
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Migrating single-layer ORM based app to multi-layer API

I'm trying to understand what is the best way of migrating a website that works in a single layer and gets all the data via an ORM, to one that uses multiple layers, using an API backend to get the ...
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REST API design for associations/aggregation

I am building RESTful API that manages persons and lists. There can be many List and many Person each with its own set of properties. Person can be in zero or more lists, List can contain zero or more ...
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Single page app permissions represented through RESTful APIs

I'm trying to figure out the right way to handle permissions in a single page app that talks directly to several RESTful APIs, that implement HATEOAS. As an example: "As a user of my application I ...
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Should event listeners be held in weak references?

Usually event listeners shouldn't outlive object that registered them. Does it mean that event listeners should be held by weak references by default (stored in weak collections by the object ...