Eve 0.5 released today

Eve v0.5 was released today. Cerberus v0.8 only a few days ago. A whole lot of new features, changes and fixes are coming with these releases so make sure to check the official release post to gather all the news. »

How to: Add custom JeSuisCharlie header to API responses

A lot of servers have been including a JeSuisCharlie header with their responses. If you haven’t already, try with Charlie Hebdo site itself: $ curl -I charliehebdo.fr Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2015 15:56:13 GMT Content-Type: text/html; charset=iso-8859-1 Content-Length: 221 Connection: keep-alive Location: http://www.charliehebdo.fr/index.html Vary: Accept-Encoding X-Charlie-fr: Je suis toujours Charlie. X-Charlie-en: I am still Charlie. X-Charlie-es: Todavia soy Charlie. X-Charlie-de: Ich bin immer Charlie. X-Charlie-ro: Inca sunt Charlie. X-Charlie-cz: Jsem stale Charlie. »

Introducing Eve.NET the HTTP/REST Client for Humans™

Eve.NET is a simple HTTP and REST client for Web Services powered by the Eve Framework. It leverages both System.Net.HttpClient and Json.NET to provide the best possible Eve experience on the .NET platform.

Written and maintained by the same author of the Eve Framework itself, Eve.NET is delivered as a portable library (PCL) and runs seamlessly on .NET4, Mono, Xamarin.iOS, Xamarin.Android, Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8. We use Eve.NET internally to power our iOS, Web and Windows applications.

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Open Source and Code Responsibility

Last week I was speaking at an Open Source panel at Better Software 2014, and one of the topics that we touched was code responsibility. This is an important topic for anyone who is maintaining an open source project, especially when it comes to the process of reviewing and accepting code contributions.

At some point during the debate, I argued that when a maintainer merges a pull request, he (or she) implicitly agrees on being responsible for that code. That seemed to strike some surprise into most attendees.

Yes, in theory any contributor is just a ping away so in case trouble arises one can always reach him, or her. Unfortunately this is not always the case. While some contributors will fully embrace your project and keep helping after their initial contribution, truth is that a good number of them will just move on, never to be seen again.

There’s nothing wrong with that. Not everyone has spare time to devote to your project, which is perfectly fine. It is natural for most people to contribute what they need to a project and then go on their way. Actually, one could argue that most projects grow and prosper precisely thanks to this kind of contributions.

However this attitude can become an incumbent when big chunks of code get merged, usually as new (big) features. Good practices advice against merging huge pull requests. In fact they are rare and when they do come, it is a good idea to ask for them to be split into smaller ones. But no matter the format, a huge contribution is likely to hit a project one day or another. It might even come from more than one person: a disconnected and distributed team of contributors who have been patiently tinkering on a side branch or a fork for example. When this happens, and provided that the contribution is worth merging, the maintainer should then ask him/herself the obvious question: am I willing to deal with the consequences of this merge?

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Feature Overview: The Eve OpLog

The operations log or OpLog is a new Eve feature that I’m currently developing on the oplog experimental branch. It’s supposed to help in addressing a subtle issue that we’ve been dealing with, but I believe it can also emerge as a very useful all-around tool. I am posting about it in the hope of gathering some feedback from Eve contributors and users, so that I can better pinpoint design and implementation before I merge it to the main development branch.

What is the OpLog?

The OpLog is a special resource that keeps a record of operations that modify the data stored by the API. Every POST, PATCH, PUT and DELETE operation can eventually be recorded by the oplog.

At its core the oplog is simply a server log, something that’s always been on the Eve roadmap. What makes it a little bit different is its ability to be exposed as a read-only API endpoint. This would in turn allow clients to query it as they would with any other standard endpoint.

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Eve 0.4 and Cerberus 0.7 Released

Eve 0.4 adds cool features like Document Versioning and Coherence Mode. Cerberus 0.7 allows regex validation amongst other niceties. Make sure to check the official v0.4 announcement for all the details. »

Eve 0.3 Released

Today we released Eve v0.3. It includes customizable Files Storage support (on GridFS by default), a lot of fixes, several breaking changes and a lot of love. Head over to relevant blog post and/or to changelog to know more about it. »

REST APIs for Humans at FOSDEM

Yesterday I gave a talk at FOSDEM 2014 in Brussels. The conference itself was amazing, with over 5000 attendees literally swarming and taking over the ULB Campus. I was stoked at how smoothly everything was going on despite the incredible number of simultaneous sessions and the number of attendees continuously flowing between buildings and conference rooms. Everybody involved, volunteers and attendees, has been very welcoming, charming and helpful. In short, I had a blast. »

Cerberus 0.5 is out (and it breaks stuff)

The new release changes the way validation errors are reported. Please note that these changes will also affect future releases of Eve, the Python REST API Framework.

What we had before was basically a list of human-readable errors. Each item in the list, while perfectly fine for human reading, wasn’t really ideal for algorithmic parsing. Why would you want to parse the errors with an algorithm? A common case would be when your client is using business objects to represent API resources (think a client-side ORM), and would have a hard time binding validation errors to the objects themselves.

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MongoDB and REST API go for a picnic (video and slides)

I had the opportunity to give my RESTful WeB APIs and MongoDB Go For A Picnic talk at both MongoTorino and NoSQL Day. The folks at PUG Friuli where so nice to record all the NoSQL Day sessions, so here you have it: the full length video of yours truly speaking to a fully packed room crowded with 120 very attentive attendees. Unfortunately audio is horrible and while all MongoTorino talks were in english, NoSQL Day was an italian-only event. »

Eve with Python 3.3 Support

Another Eve release is out and I’m particularly proud about it since it brings full Python 3.3 support (among other things). Check out the relevant blog post: Eve 0.0.9 is out! »

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Eve v0.0.8 has been released

Most significant features are probably the native support for MongoDB write concern settings, new event hooks allowing for transformation of documents before they are sent to clients, increased handling of both pagination and CORS, and the native validation of float data types. Get it on PyPI, go straight to the source code or more likely, visit the project homepage. »

Sito ufficiale e blog per il progetto Eve

E’ passato qualche mese da quando ho annunciato Eve, il REST API framework open source. Nel frattempo il progetto è cresciuto bene: siamo appena giunti alla versione 0.0.6, abbiamo un sito ufficiale, un blog, e stiamo lavorando a nuove feature davvero interessanti. »

Vi presento Eve il framework per le REST API Web

Lo scorso anno abbiamo lavorato duro per costruirci una RESTful Web API su misura, flessibile e completa. In corso d’opera abbiamo imparato molto sulle migliori pratiche REST, mettendo anche alla frusta le rinomate capacità Web del linguaggio Python. Ad EuroPython 2012 ho poi raccontato la nostra esperienza e condiviso ciò che avevamo imparato. In quell’occasione mi sono reso conto di quanto l’argomento fosse d’attualità, tanto che da quel 4 luglio le slide che avevo preparato (le trovate su Speaker Deck o Slideshare) ed i video su YouTube (italiano; inglese) hanno totalizzato 30mila visite. »