Rest API Best Practices

Rest API Best Practices


Below are some important rest API best practices that are an essential part of rest API designing.

1. API resource name should be a plural noun and not any verb.
Example: /customers

2. Use SSL certificate for APIs for security. In SSL, HTTPS protocol is used instead of HTTP.

3. Use of RAML for API specification and documentation.

4. Versioning of API should be done so that we should aware of changes done in APIs.

5. use of query parameters and URI parameters for filtering data.

6. Use of server status codes like 200 for success and 500 for internal server error.

7. Use JSON for API response.

8. Use camel case in field names.

9. Should have a suitable exception handling mechanism.

10. API Should have proper security mechanisms like authentication, rate limiting, etc.

Above are some useful practices for designing the rest api, hope you like it.