Questions tagged [web-api]

Specific APIs that communicate over web protocols, such as ASP.net Web API, as well as APIs that are exposed to web pages for network communication or apps for device communication

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API endpoint POST vs GET

Help me settle an internal question. We have an endpoint which we all agree should be a GET, because all it's doing is calling a stored proc and returning a set of data. However, there is a set of ...
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How to designing API JSON Response with nullable fields

We were discussing how to design a API response, for simplicity, think of having to give information of all the different types of facilities available in a city: { "city": { "cityName": "...
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How do I make my Browser Extension send a Selection it captured to a Database/Web App so it can be stored in the user's account?

I am building a Browser Extension that captures a Selection made by the user in any web page, and stores it in his account. I don't quite know how to proceed with this, however. My initial thought ...
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JSON:API - I don't think I have an `id` or `type` to return

I'm building a Restful API and trying to use JSON:API format for my response. Looking at https://jsonapi.org/format/, it states: A resource object MUST contain at least the following top-level ...
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GET Parameters in Restful API

I'm in the starting phases of designing an API. I'd like it to be Restful and comply with what's commonly considered best practices. One of my resources need to accept several query string parameters....
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Main app that holds other apps

I was thinking of creating a hub-like app that would hold my other smaller projects. As in it would be a something like mothership app that user could log in to and then gain access to other ...
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REST api - search url

I'm building a REST api and want to make sure to follow the best practices. I need to expose a method which will return a 'Document' entity by its 'Lot' number. It is possible that for a specific '...
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How to calculate the costs for an on-prem API request in terms of money?

My manager asked me how much it costs (in money, currency, $) to make a REST API request from our client application to one of our services. We do not use cloud, we have on-prem servers. The payload ...
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Is it a bad idea to pass JSON objects on the query string for an API “search” operation?

I'm building an API endpoint for a UI grid to search, filter, and display a list of domain objects, let's call them "widgets." In the past, I would have built this with a list of named query string ...
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Which authentication should be used for external users (not registered with the system)

I'm working with a project that uses ASP.NET Core 2.2. The main solution contains different projects, including APIs for a mobile application, APIs to integrate the system with third parties, a web ...
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Web API layer vs Application layer

I am just wondering should the presentation layer connects to the Web API layer first then WEB API layer connects to the Application layer? Let's say for ATM system which has Check Balance function, ...
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Which HTTP method to run an algorithm on input and return result?

I have a requirement to get input from a web app UI, send this input to the server who will run an algorithm on it. The web server will send back the output of the algorithm the the UI. Is an HTTP ...
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Rest application header based vs path based service routing

i have a rest API that is a front end to a more complex SOAP based service. The soap based service uses extended(custom) WSA-addressing headers in order to perform its routing. The extension of the ...
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How do I overcome the limit of 4000 results returned from the REST API?

I have an application which records the company man hours of employees and other related details. Because it gets updated everyday or when a new employee is added, it tends to lead to a very large ...
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Using WebAPI as infrastructure layer in ASP.NET MVC

I'm starting a new asp.net mvc core project and for my infrastructure layer I'd like to use WebAPI as this layer should be usable in other solutions besides this one. I'm not really experienced with ...
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which layer must check if something(like account etc) exist in database

I am implementing a web api and i have crated three layers,data access layer,business layer and presentation layer. In data access layer I have a method which create a user.I use a transaction which ...
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Is it wrong to build as much granularity as possible into a REST API?

I was recently considering the difference between using raw SQL and using a query builder like knex.js for writing dynamic queries so that I get any level of granularity for filtering database tables. ...
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Corrrect to send JSON object in params?

Maybe I'm being dense, but is it common practice to create an API which requires users to submit GET params as an object? I've encountered one which has me submitting GET requests like... http://www....
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Is creating ViewModels in Web API a bad practice?

So, somebody at work who is twice as experienced than I am, told us that we must not create ViewModel classes within Web API. (We are using Angular for UI) In his opinion ViewModel is ASP.NET MVC ...
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How to handle frequent update requests to an API which is connected to the database?

In a document editing web application such as Google Docs or Evernote, sync/save has to happen almost instantaneously to make sure data loss is minimal in case of a connection failure or a client ...
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Restricting web API access to a resource to the unauthenticated resource creator

My question is about the best way for allowing an unauthenticated user who has created a resource to subsequently access and modify that resource they created via web API. My web API identifies ...
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How to manage breaking updates in an API & database

So I have been working on my mobile app for a while and it is live and in production. Because we released the app prematurely and are continuously improving current features and making them more ...
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Architecture for business functions impacting several Dataobjects/database tables

I am trying to create an example project Web API to see how "clean" I can remake the Delphi(Pascal) API we are developing on my job. I have created a solution which as of now contains 3 different ...
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REST: How to reference existing resources in a HTTP POST request body?

This question relates to a somewhat more specific case than the one discussed in How can I create a RESTful calculator? It should be assumed that the values to be calculated are not simple integers, ...
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Interfaces vs concrete types in DTOs and response classes

Had a discussion that i felt i needed some external input on. Normally always use interfaces instead of concrete types (on lists, injectable services and so forth). For example in lists i just pass ...
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Should two different set of login APIs follwing REST have write access to the same DB?

Like for example, /api_1/login and /api_2/login writing in the same table of the same database.
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Should an ASP.NET Web API application use Entity Framework in the API controllers?

Im a bit confused about what is best practice when working with Entity Framework and ASP.NET Web API. I am working on a project that contains a iOS/Android app and an API the app will use to ...
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HTTP 404 for REST calls from client side (browsers)

I'm having troubles with the issue of distinguishing between "real" 404s and 404s where the path is correct but the id, for example, doesn't exist when it comes to client side apps. Most REST ...
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Web Service returning serialized helper objects

I had the idea to have a route in my REST API that returns serialized (PHP) helper objects. The client code then can use those objects to format some complex JSON structures for the next request. When ...
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Authentication setup advice for web app and its backend API

I am fairly new to web development, and I am learning to build web applications. I am facing a problem figuring out how to set up authentication mechanisms for a multi-user application. Let me provide ...
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Who or what exactly does the “Same Origin Policy” aim to protect

As I understand the "Same Origin Policy" is a browser security feature that aims to protect the user. It prevents scripts to load data from another webserver (typicall with ajax). So esentially there ...
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Need suggestions for creating field level permissions which can be changed dynamically in an app

This is currently my User-Role-Permission model in the Db schema (excluded other tables to avoid confusion). My implementation goes like this: I have a Customer table and each Role has a different set ...
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Confused about how APIs are called

I'm new to APIs. Conceptually, I understand what an API is, but I get confused when it comes to the some of the technical details. All of the tutorials I've read talk about URLs and endpoints, and ...
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How to handle adding new field / partial data update for a gRPC API?

Assuming we have following message that will be used to update data and it just got updated to version 2. message HelloRequest { string name = 1; // version 1 bool is_valid = 2; // version 2 } ...
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Adding resources to subresource REST API

I'm trying to build an web API that closely represents a library of books. I currently have the following routes. GET /api/books GET /api/books/:bookID GET /api/libraries POST /api/libraries This ...
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Building a schedule app - best design pattern for collection on Rails API

I’m building a web app using Rails API on server side. The goal is to make a planning manager. I want my users to be able to plan ‘daily’ events, which will display at some specific weekdays, with ...
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Dealing with API errors

I'm building a shop system which works in three parts: a mobile app (Android/iOS) which is used by customers to make orders, view products and so on, a desktop application, used by the managers to ...
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Is creating a leaderboard web API that can't be fudged possible?

Let's say you have a game, and players of your game can get scores. You also want to be able to post these scores to a server using calls to a web API. Obviously, you want to be able to tell who sent ...
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RESTful API - Adding nested resources as a query parameter?

I recently had thoughts on handling the flat vs nested architecture when designing a RESTful API. Would there be anything wrong with having a system where your nested resources can be specified ...
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Command Waiting On Event Sourcing Micro-services

I'm very new to micro-services but am trying to learn, so apologies for any ignorance or incorrect information. I have been looking at event-sourcing architecture for microservices and I have a ...
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Architecture for independent modules writing in the same database

Let's say I have a database with a table called "invoices". Then I have a web application where users can manually create invoices against said table. I also have a desktop application that can ...
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RESTful API Endpoints - Concrete vs OO versioning

I am looking at Versioning Micro Services solutions and got a little carried away with OO design. Using WebAPI, I got to the point where I can use OO design to choose the correct version to run with ...
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REST API - Standard for also creating required parent entities?

We're creating a new API to add new Jobs into a legacy system. The question deals with how to handle creating a Job's required parent entities when you don't know the IDs of those parent entities to ...
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How to handle dependencies in Web APIs

I'm struggling with a decision about how to design a web-API where I create new "things". We roughly follow the API guidelines of Zalando, which do provide a nice starting point for web-APIs (https://...
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Should all my asp.net MVC controllers use Web APIs?

The thing that I don't understand is the prioritization between MVC Controllers and Web APIs. Consider I want to make a website. I can either program to APIs and for the presentational layer, force ...
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Design Restful API Get manipulated data from resource [closed]

I am new to rest, I have an entity called availableJobPositions. I want to get most Interesting job by sending a person skills. which url is good in restful: api/positions/skill/most-intersting?...
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Should I put the messages for business logic validations in API?

I have a REST API written using ASP.NET Core Web API. There are a few business logic based messages I want to send to the clients from the API. I am in a dilemma on which of the following ways I can ...
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Web API Bad Request design

My organization is developing a Web API server. We will also develop the only clients authorized to access the API. We will follow the usual technique of returning Bad Request (400) errors for data ...
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What is the best practice for sending a large array of strings to an API

I'm building a simple app that is a client web application and an API behind it. I'm combining two third-party APIs, one needs to be called from my client application (for ease of authentication) and ...
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How to handle list arguments with invalid and valid elements

When you have an endpoint that can take a set of valid parameters, how do you do validation on a non-empty set of elements? Say you have a request /api/endpoint?my_list=1,2,3 where 1, 2, 3 are the ...

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