Contents tagged with HTTP

  • Composing API responses for maximum reuse with ASP.NET Web API

    In Web API 2.1 a new mechanism was introduced for returning HTTP messages that appeared to be a cross between HttpResponseMessage and the ActionResult mechanism from ASP.NET MVC.  At first I wasn't a fan of it at all.  It appeared to add little new value and just provide yet another alternative that would a be a source of confusion.  It wasn't until I saw an example produced by Brad Wilson that I was convinced that it had value. Continue reading...

  • An HTTP Resource is a lot simpler than you might think

    Unfortunately, I still regularly run into articles on the web that misunderstand the concept of an HTTP resource.  Considering it is a core piece of web architecture, having a clear understanding of what it means can make many other pieces of web architectural guidance considerably easier to understand. Continue reading...

  • Single purpose media types and caching

    My recent post asking people to refrain from creating more generic hypermedia types sparked some good conversation on twitter between @mamund, @cometaj2, @mogsie, @inadarei and others.  Whilst thinking some more on the potential benefits of single purpose media types versus generic hypermedia types, realized there is a correlation between single purpose media types and representation lifetimes.  I thought it might be worth adding to the conversation, but there is no way I could fit it in 140 chars, so I’m posting it here. Continue reading...

  • Please, no more generic hypermedia types

    This opinion has been stewing for a couple of years now, but following an excellent conversation I had with Ted Young the other evening at the API Craft San Francisco event, I think it is time to have more discussion around this subject. Continue reading...

  • Self-descriptive, isn't. Don't assume anything.

    With the recent surge of interest in hypermedia APIs I am beginning to see the term “self-descriptive” thrown around quite frequently.  Unfortunately, the meaning of self-descriptive is not exactly self-descriptive, leading to misuse of the term.  Continue reading...

  • Web Standards Search Engine

    I always struggle to use the IETF and W3C web sites to find Web standards that I am looking for.  Google and Bing work ok for finding stuff if you can hit the right keywords, however if the terms you are searching has other more popular usages, then you have to wade through irrelevant results. Continue reading...

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