Hypermedia vs Graphs: Best buddies or the next API battleground?

A session at API Strategy and Practice Conference 2016

Thursday 3rd November, 2016

1:30pm to 3:00pm (EST)

We all wonder if this is the year that hypermedia becomes mainstream? But coming up on the rails, there is a new challenger: Graph-shaped APIs that predefine a wide network of relationships promise some of the benefits of hypermedia APIs, but present a more familiar programming model. Will graphs push aside hypermedia before it's even had a chance, or will both styles play nicely? Is this trend a blocker to HATEOS nirvana or a stepping stone?

I'll challenge the audience to consider combining these two approaches to open the door to mainstream hypermedia use, enriching a fixed graph with dynamic data and behavior. Volatile data and logic can use hypermedia and more foundational data can use graph approaches. In this way we can add value and depth to our apps without the drastic rewrites we so often expect from the transition to hypermedia.

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Gareth Jones

API architect for the Microsoft Graph API. Loves API design, passionate app developers, code generation and marmalade tabby cats. bio from Twitter

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Time 1:30pm3:00pm EST

Date Thu 3rd November 2016

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