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Hypermedia

Hypermedia, also known as HATEOAS or Hypermedia the Engine of Application State, as defined by Wikipedia is "a constraint of the REST application architecture that distinguishes it from most other network application architectures. The principle is that a client interacts with a network application entirely through hypermedia provided dynamically by application servers. A REST client needs no prior knowledge about how to interact with any particular application or server beyond a generic understanding of hypermedia."

Hypermedia discussion have been going on for some time now, but in the last two year we've seen Hypermedia go from what is seen as academic dicussions to proven implmentations in the wild, showing the benefits of other REST implementations.

While there are still a limited amount of tooling out there to support Hypermedia API implementations, and there are no companies that exclusively target the area, the increase in the number of Hypermedia APIs warrants taking a closer look a the space. As I do with other areas, as I work to understand different approaches I want to help tell stories about hypermedia APIs that the mainstream can relate with.

As part of this reserch I'm aggregating companies, and individuals who are doing interesting things in the space, as well as the tools, services, and other stories around their work. The more hypermedia is discussed in the space, the more you'll see this research grow.


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Detroit and Hypermedia - Vox Pop Design

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I recently had the pleasure of attending the 2014 API Craft Conference.Despite the compelling nature of the content, the host city, Detroit, could not be ignored.I came for the ideas and left haunted by the venue.What happens when a city struggles to wear the infrastructure built for a population twice the current size?Its not a particular building, or block, or area; the entire downtown is a hodgepodge of modern, inhabited buildings standing alongside achingly beautiful, yet derelict, ruins. ...read more.



Hypermedia Resources

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Hypermedia Resources Aug 8, 2014 Over the past few months, there has been a noticeable increase in interest in hypermedia APIs.To date, the discussion reached peak intensity during API Craft 2014 in Detroit a couple of weeks ago.Since then, the conversation has kept going on Twitter and on blogs and you know, wherever API folk gather.I thought it might be useful to put together a list of hypermedia resources that people can use to familiarize themselves with the topic.This list will get much longer as I will continue to add to it as I remember good resources and more appear.......read more.



Detroit and Hypermedia

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I recently had the pleasure of attending the 2014 API Craft Conference.Despite the compelling nature of the content, the host city, Detroit, could not be ignored.I came for the ideas and left haunted by the venue.What happens when a city struggles to wear the infrastructure built for a population twice the current size?Its not a particular building, or block, or area; the entire downtown is a hodgepodge of modern, inhabited buildings standing alongside achingly beautiful, yet derelict, ruins. ...read more.



My experiences with Hypermedia API

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I have been having a busy summer, but last week I went to a very cool APICraft conference.While it was about APIs in general, hypermedia APIs was the biggest topic.Here are some thoughts on it.The conference was in downtown Detroit, and I was like whatever.But, my expectations were blown away, especially when there was a panel of 6 leading Hypermedia API media type creators. ...read more.



The Hypermedia API Debate: Sorry Reasonable Just Does Not Sell

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I moderated a panel of hypermedia experts at API Craft in Detroit last week. One theme that dominated not just the panel, but was also pervasive in the conversation over the next two days of the API event, was how can the hypermedia space, improve its overall image, message, and potentially reach a wider audience, and maybe even converting some of the hypermedia skeptics, to hypermedia evangelists. After a session at #APICraft, dedicated to understanding all the hypermedia hate, Mike Amundsen (@mamund) and I continued the conversation, where he stated: When it comes to hypermedia, and technology online, reasonable just......read more.