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Tech Talk Tuesday: Hypermedia APIs

Use hypermedia-style messages to build flexible, durable APIs

Use hypermedia-style messages to build flexible, durable APIs


We all deal with hypermedia on the Web every day. Whenever you click a link on a Web site, you are using hypermedia.  In this interactive town-hall event, originally broadcast live on the Layer 7 Technologies Facebook page as part of the Tech Talk Tuesday series, Mike Amundsen (Layer 7’s Principal API Architect) answers questions on how hypermedia-style messages can be used in the creation of stable, flexible APIs built to stand the test of time.

Additionally, the session provides critical background information on key issues like:

  • What the differences are between hypermedia APIs and other types of API
  • What it is like to design and implement a hypermedia API
  • How hypermedia APIs affect client and server code
  • When hypermedia-style APIs should be used

Viewer questions answered in this Tech Talk include:

  • What is the role of Atom in a hypermedia API and what are some other accepted community standards for hypermedia APIs?
  • If an API is focused on serving data and involves no application state transfer, is hypermedia still the best choice?
  • How does debate within the REST world around “pure versus pragmatic” REST relate to the use of hypermedia?
  • Do you have any suggestions for further reading on the subject of hypermedia APIs and stable API design, generally?