Practical API Design

Confessions of a Java Framework Architect

By Jaroslav Tulach

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Practical API Design: Confessions of a Java Framework Architect will be required reading for all designers and engineers involved with the development, testing, and maintenance of APIs.

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  • ISBN13: 978-1-4302-0973-7
  • User Level: Beginner to Advanced
  • Publication Date: July 28, 2008
  • Available eBook Formats: PDF
  • Print Book Price: $79.99
  • eBook Price: $55.99
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You might think more than enough design books exist in the programming world already. In fact, there are so many that it makes sense to ask why you would read yet another. Is there really a need for yet another design book? In fact, there is a greater need than ever before, and Practical API Design: Confessions of a Java Framework Architect fills that need!

  • Teaches you how to write an API that will stand the test of time
  • Written by the designer of the NetBeans API at Sun Technologies
  • Based on best practices, scalability, and API design patterns

What you’ll learn

  • What an API is and what the theories are behind good API design
  • When and why to build an API
  • API design patterns applicable to all programming languages, especially modern, object–oriented languages
  • How to optimize and test APIs

Who this book is for

This book is recommended to every API architect who prefers a bit more engineering design over a purely artistic one.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

  1. The Art of Building Modern Software
  2. The Motivation to Create an API
  3. Determining What Makes a Good API
  4. Ever-Changing Targets
  5. Do Not Expose More Than You Want
  6. Code Against Interfaces, Not Implementations
  7. Use Modular Architecture
  8. Separate APIs for Clients and Providers
  9. Keep Testability in Mind
  10. Cooperating with Other APIs
  11. Runtime Aspects of APIs
  12. Declarative Programming
  13. Extreme Advice Considered Harmful
  14. Paradoxes of API Design
  15. Evolving the API Universe
  16. Teamwork
  17. Using Games to Improve API Design Skills
  18. Extensible Visitor Pattern Case Study
  19. End-of-Life Procedures

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