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Designing API-First Enterprise Architectures on Azure

By : Subhajit Chatterjee
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Designing API-First Enterprise Architectures on Azure

By: Subhajit Chatterjee

Overview of this book

API-centric architectures are foundational to delivering omnichannel experiences for an enterprise. With this book, developers will learn techniques to design loosely coupled, cloud-based, business-tier interfaces that can be consumed by a variety of client applications. Using real-world examples and case studies, the book helps you get to grips with the cloudbased design and implementation of reliable and resilient API-centric solutions. Starting with the evolution of enterprise applications, you'll learn how API-based integration architectures drive digital transformation. You'll then learn about the important principles and practices that apply to cloud-based API architectures and advance to exploring the different architecture styles and their implementation in Azure. This book is written from a practitioner's point of view, so you'll discover ideas and practices that have worked successfully in various customer scenarios. By the end of this book, you'll be able to architect, design, deploy, and monetize your API solutions in the Azure cloud while implementing best practices and industry standards.
Table of Contents (14 chapters)
Section 1: API-Led Architecture in the Digital Economy
Section 2: Build Reliable API-Centric Solutions
Section 3: Deliver Business Value for a Modern Enterprise

Chapter 6: API Design Practices

APIs are a company's greatest digital asset. Modern applications rely heavily on these backend services to realize their amazing digital experiences. Successful API platforms can capture customers, while the bad ones will be a liability, resulting in a lot of support calls. Hence, adhering to good design and implementation practices is critical to ensuring you have a quality product. Public APIs carry the inherent risk of impacting brand reputation if not done right.

A good API is one that is easy to understand, simple to use, easy to maintain and extend, and provides output as per the expectation of the audience. Careful planning and a well-thought-through design and implementation approach that considers all the requirements are strongly recommended before you write any code. Also, development practices such as test-driven development may be useful in detecting any issues at the early stages.

The purpose of this chapter is to...