APIs are about Policy

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Sam and Ryan read and discuss an article by Steven Wittens that explores the nature of HTTP APIs. Wittens argues that in practice, most APIs violate REST, but they do so because APIs are more about policy than they are about empowering clients with access to a data store. He then talks about what our APIs might look like if we embraced this fact, noting that GraphQL doesn't address these crucial issues of policy.

Topics include:

  • 1:37 – APIs are about Policy, by Steven Wittens
  • 5:47 – Part 1: RESTless API
  • 49:16 – Part 2: Regressive Web Apps
  • 1:08:19 – Part 3: GraftQL


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