Let's suppose that I have a model named Collection. I can create a collection, this collection have two important fields: shared_with_company, shared_list. currently I have an endpoint: /collections and this endpoint returns something like it:

       shared_with_company:{collections: ..., count: 5}
       shared_list:{collections: ..., count: 12}
       my_collections:{collections: ..., count: 20}

but, in the frontend the user want to paginate just my_collections or shared_list or shared_with_company. Should I create a specifics endpoints to each type of collections? Remember, everytime the user load the collections page will show 12 (max per page) collections of each (my_collections, shared etc.), and then he will be able to paginate it. I don't know if this is the best way to do it, I think a lot of users send 3 requests everytime the page is loaded.

Another approach: use an endpoint to load the initial page, and this endpoint will make one request to the first page and the paginations will be made with different endpoints.

I really don't know if there is a better approach or something like that.

I don't know if this can help, but I currently using Django + Django Rest Framework.

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    I'd say you're far better off having a standard pagination approach for all entities with their own endpoints. Mixing different entities in a single endpoint, each with their own pagination, sounds like a complicated mess IMO.
    – Dan Wilson
    Jan 25, 2022 at 20:47
  • Doesn't Django have pagination facilities built in? I thought it did but my memory could be rusty...... Jan 25, 2022 at 21:21
  • Something to keep in mind is that if your sub-entities are going to be relatively short, it might be worth just downloading all the sub-objects and doing the pagination completely in the UI for those sub-entities. That doesn't apply when the list becomes several hundred items long though. Jan 26, 2022 at 20:35

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A REST API is supposed to be stateless, which means that the response given to a request cannot depend on (server-side) history of which requests I made earlier. For paging this means that the user must specify which page of a collection they want to receive.

With that in mind, it is easiest for everyone to have separate endpoints /collections/shared_with_company, /collections/shared_list and /collections/my_collections with each their independent paging.

In addition, you can offer a convenience endpoint (/collections) that returns the first page of each of the lists. That could be used by users to reduce the number of requests that need to be made initially.

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