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Creating A World-Class RESTful Web Services API

A talk by David Keener at RubyNation

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June 12, 2009 6:30 AM

Reston, VA

Reston, VA

Companies like Amazon, Google and Yahoo have published web services API's that empower developers to create mash-ups, add-ons and full-scale applications. The creation of such API's, however, is not exclusively the domain of large, multi-national corporations. Learn how to architect, build and field a well-designed and scalable RESTful web services API that will allow your business to leverage the capabilities of the developer community. This presentation includes real-life examples from the Grab Networks RESTful API, which provides access to information about the hundreds of thousands of news videos available through Grab Networks' distribution network. Topics covered include:

  • The value proposition for a web services API.

  • Design considerations for a usable API.

  • Authentication and Authorization strategies.

  • Scalability tips for handling serious traffic.

  • Supporting search functionality in your API.

  • Error Handling.

  • Sample web service client using ActiveResource.

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