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Designing Hypermedia APIs

Ruby on Rails did a lot to bring REST to developers, but its conception leaves the REST devotee feeling a bit empty. "Where's the hypermedia?" she says. "REST isn't RPC," he may cry. In this talk, Steve will explain how to design your APIs so that they truly embrace the web and HTTP. Pros and cons of this approach will be discussed, as well as why many aren't building things this way yet.

Designing Hypermedia APIs from Øredev Conference on Vimeo.

Steve Klabnik

Steve is a Ruby Hero, budding digital humanities scholar, and open source enthusiast. He maintains the Hackety Hack project, and teaches the best Ruby and Rails classes in the world with Jumpstart Lab. When he's not teaching, he's writing a book about hypermedia and reading philosophy books.


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