Big Bang

Single purpose media types and reusability

The one great thing about twitter is that you quickly find out what you failed to explain clearly 🙂  My efforts in advocating for single purpose media types failed to clarify that by single purpose, I am not suggesting that these media types should not be re-usable.  Let me try and explain. My realization was triggered by @inadarai ‘s […]

Best Before Date

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 […]


XSLT is easy, even for transforming JSON!

Most developers I talk to will cringe if they hear the acronym XSLT.  I suspect that reaction is derived from some past experience where they have seen some horrendously complex XML/XSLT combination.  There is certainly lots of that around. However, for certain types of document transformations, XSLT can be a very handy tool and with […]

Vanilla Ice Cream

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. A little bit of history I have been a big supporter of the HAL media […]


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.  Consider the following HTTP requests, Example 1 Example 2: I suspect a fair number of people will be surprised […]


Returning raw JSON content from ASP.NET Web API

In a previous post I talked about how to send raw JSON to a web API and consume it easily.  This is a non-obvious process because ASP.NET Web API is optimized for sending and receiving arbitrary CLR object that then get serialized by the formatters in the request/response pipeline.  However, sometimes you just want to have more […]


There is Unicode in your URL!

In our Runscope HipChat room a few weeks ago, I was asked about Unicode encoding in URLs.  After a quick sob about why I never get asked the easy questions, I decided it was time to do some investigating.  I had explored this subject in the past whilst trying to get Unicode support working in my URI Templates […]

Sharing Fiddler Requests

Sharing Fiddler requests using Runscope

Fiddler is an excellent tool that I have been using for many years to debug HTTP requests in local applications.  However, one of the things that Fiddler can’t do easily, out of the box, is allow you to share requests with other team members.  Sometimes it is nice to be able to show someone a HTTP […]

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