API Trends 2022 - API Best Practices

API Trends 2022 - API Best Practices - Brenton House


While there have always been Best Practices of some sort around the use of APIs, Integrations, and Microservices, it has been kind of hit-and-miss with what you could find and where you might find it. Often best practices might have conflicting messages or be so vague as to lead to branches of differing micro best practices.

Although RESTful APIs are solidifying their position as the current standard for APIs, we are also seeing an increase in the use of GraphQL, gRPC, and others. This has driven an increased need for formalized Best Practices around, not only covering what technology and standards to use, but how to do it in the best possible way so as to reduce the amount of future rework involved.

Best Practices include many API topics including (but not limited to):

  • API Design
  • API Security
  • API Integrations
  • API Transformations
  • Logging and Tracing
  • Code and Design Linting
  • Error Handling
  • Monetization
  • Onboarding
  • Versioning
  • Observation
  • Analytics
  • Documentation
  • Testing / Audits
  • Pagination / Bulk Data Handling
  • Eventing — WebHooks / Polling / Web Sockets
  • Scalability
  • And many more!


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