Pages: 330 Published: October 2020 ISBN: 9781680506808 Edition: 1
Design and Build Great Web APIs
Robust, Reliable, and Resilient
by Mike Amundsen
APIs are transforming the business world at an increasing pace. Gain the
essential skills needed to quickly design, build, and deploy quality web
APIs that are robust, reliable, and resilient. Go from initial design
through prototyping and implementation to deployment of mission-critical
APIs for your organization. Test, secure, and deploy your API with
confidence and avoid the “release into production” panic. Tackle just
about any API challenge with more than a dozen open-source utilities and
common programming patterns you can apply right away.
Good API design means starting with the API-first
principle—understanding who is using the API and what they want to do
with it—and applying basic design skills to match customers’ needs
while solving business-critical problems. Use the Sketch-Design-Build
method to create reliable and scalable web APIs quickly and easily
without a lot of risk to the day-to-day business operations. Create
clear sequence diagrams, accurate specifications, and machine-readable
API descriptions, all reviewed, tested, and ready to turn into
fully-functional NodeJS code.
Create reliable test collections with Postman and implement proper
identity and access control security with AuthO—without added cost or
risk to the company. Deploy all of this to Heroku using a continuous
delivery approach that pushes secure, well-tested code to your public
servers, ready for use by both internal and external developers.
From design to code to test to deployment, unlock hidden business value
and release stable and scalable web APIs that meet customer needs and
solve important business problems in a consistent and reliable manner.
installed on your own local laptop or workstation running Windows,
MacOS, or Linux. You’ll need accounts on Github and Heroku in order to
build, check in, and deploy your code to a live server. You’ll also be
using Postman for testing, Auth0 to secure your APIs, and a handful of
open-source command-line utilities and your favorite text editor to
complete the exercises in the book.
An internationally known author and speaker, Mike Amundsen travels
the world consulting and talking about network architecture, web
development, and the intersection of technology and society. He works
with companies large and small to help them capitalize on the
opportunities APIs and microservices present for both consumers and the