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Craig Hughes

Chain of Trust

In the traditional two or three-tier world of web development, there is an inherent trust between the client and the server. Each is contextually aware of the other and withholds or shares informatio

24 Feb 2019
API
Craig Hughes

API Misconceptions

I’d like to clarify some things about the use of HTTP verbs for RESTful APIs and the apparent misconceptions these can bring about. Firstly, there are a few people who believe that RESTful APIs are p

01 Feb 2019
API
Craig Hughes

API Fragments - simple flexibility

Designing APIs often leads to a compromise between producers and/or consumers. Consumers of APIs would like the interface to be as close to their requirements as possible; they want to avoid possible

27 Jan 2019
API
Craig Hughes

API: Arrays or named elements?

The humble restaurant menu follows a common pattern where menu items are generally separated into a logical hierarchy. At the top level, we may have breakfast items, dinner items or drinks items. Each...

15 Jan 2019
API
Craig Hughes

DDD: what aisle is your attribute in?

During a Domain Driven Design (DDD) workshop this week, one of my colleagues very cleverly used grocery store aisles as an analogy to explain why attributes should be grouped into entities. He explai

09 Jan 2019
API
Craig Hughes

Fireworks or APIs - 'meh'

Every New Year’s Eve we are wowed by extravagant fireworks from around the world - we anticipate them and we expect them. This New Year’s Eve was no different, except for me – this year I was in Cope

04 Jan 2019
API
Craig Hughes

What event are you waiting for?

In one of my previous articles, the Hollywood Principle, I introduced the concept of an event-driven architecture. This is a popular distributed asynchronous architecture pattern used to produce hig

14 Dec 2018
Banking Architecture
Craig Hughes

Nouns and Verbs in the world of APIs

Please note that this is a little more technical than my previous articles – sometimes I need to let my inner-geek out. Simply because RESTful APIs are based on resources and use the HTTP verbs (GET...

07 Dec 2018
API
Craig Hughes

Turkey Talk and APIs

A good friend of mine was out walking his dog in the countryside the other day. After a while, his dog noticed some turkeys in the adjacent field, and being a dog, decided to investigate. This involv

30 Nov 2018
API
Craig Hughes

APIs and the Abstraction of Cars

In 2010, for the first time in history, we registered over a billion passenger cars on our roads, globally. It is estimated that by 2050, there will be 2.5 billion cars on our roads! Clearly, cars ar

09 Nov 2018
API
Craig Hughes

API Security: Who has the right key?

Everyone has at least one set of keys; don’t they? You can recognize your keys and you make sure you take them wherever you go. Look at each key on your keyring and you know which door or cabinet it

01 Nov 2018
API
Craig Hughes

API Orchestration or Choreography, what’s your choice?

Have you’ve ever visited India? How did you cope with the traffic there? It’s clearly different to the regular, organized approach we are used to in Europe. After spending a couple of days in Bangalo

17 Oct 2018
API