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Sarah Perez TechCrunch

Is Twitter breaking Twitter?

Twitter is at it again making controversial changes restricting how the developer community can use their APIs to develop 3rd party Twitter clients. Sarah Perez reports on TechCrunch: Twitter is breaking users’ favorite third-party Twitter clients like Tweetbot and Twitterific by shutting off APIs these apps relied on. Worse still, is that Twitter isn’t taking full responsibility for its decisions. In a company email it shared today, Twitter cited “technical and business constraints” that it can no longer ignore as being the reason behind the APIs’ shutdown. This change sparked the #BreakingMyTwitter hashtag

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Rajoshi Ghosh blog.hasura.io

Instant GraphQL on Postgres

Get instant GraphQL APIs on any PostgreSQL database. We are super thrilled to announce the launch of the Hasura GraphQL Engine, an open source product that gives you instant GraphQL APIs on Postgres. You can try it out here — it will take exactly 30 seconds to deploy to Heroku’s free tier (yes — we counted 😀). Check out the open source repo on GitHub.

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John Resig blog.graphql.guide

Introducing the GraphQL Guide

John Resig and team at Khan Academy implemented a generic GraphQL platform and their development practices changed overnight. The benefits they saw were so substantial that he and Loren Sands-Ramshaw decided to write a book about it. …we’re using GraphQL in more and more places: we are transitioning older pages over to use GraphQL and have a mandate in place that all new pages need to use GraphQL. The benefits that we’ve reaped have been so substantial, even though it’s still early days. We’re writing new products faster, we’re able to rapidly iterate on designs, and we’re keeping our server implementation slim. Wow, “REST APIs now feel quite antiquated…” I look at how well it’s worked for us and read stories about how GraphQL has changed other organizations, and I can only think that GraphQL is going to dramatically change how we all build APIs going forward. REST APIs now feel quite antiquated by comparison. Beta chapters of The GraphQL Guide are available now.

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Diego Bernardes github.com

Flare – a service that notifies of HTTP endpoint changes

Flare listens to changes on HTTP endpoints and notify subscripted clients about the changes. It help reduce the pressure on APIs by avoiding the clients to do pooling requests to search for new/changed content and the need of the APIs to develop workers to notify the clients about the. Pitched as useful for microservice architectures, but could find lots of uses outside of that context too.

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Chris Manson blog.stonecircle.io

The true power of JSON API – have someone else do it

This is an excellent post with some immediately useful takeaways (and some open source, to boot). Chris starts it with a compelling description of JSON API’s value proposition: how to use JSON API as an “anti-bikeshedding weapon” Building Restful APIs requires hundreds of tiny decisions, which is like having a bike shed on every corner. Outsource the little stuff!

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