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The Design of Web APIs is a practical, example-packed guide to crafting extraordinary web APIs. Author Arnaud Lauret demonstrates fantastic design principles and techniques you can apply to both public and private web APIs.
About the technology

An API frees developers to integrate with an application without knowing its code-level details. Whether you’re using established standards like REST and OpenAPI or more recent approaches like GraphQL or gRPC, mastering API design is a superskill. It will make your web-facing services easier to consume and your clients—internal and external—happier.

About the book

Drawing on author Arnaud Lauret's many years of API design experience, this book teaches you how to gather requirements, how to balance business and technical goals, and how to adopt a consumer-first mindset. It teaches effective practices using numerous interesting examples.

What's inside

Characteristics of a well-designed API
User-oriented and real-world APIs
Secure APIs by design
Evolving, documenting, and reviewing API designs

About the reader

Written for developers with minimal experience building and consuming APIs.

About the author

A software architect with extensive experience in the banking industry, Arnaud Lauret has spent 10 years using, designing, and building APIs. He blogs under the name of API Handyman and has created the API Stylebook website.

About The Author

Arnaud Lauret is a software architect with 15 years of experience in the banking industry. He has spent a decade using, designing, and building APIs. He's known on the web as the API Handyman ( and is the creator of the API Stylebook (, a collection of resources for API designers.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Manning (October 8, 2019)
  • Length: 392 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781638351191

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