Elevate And Conquer: Unleashing The Power Of High-Level Endpoints In Scala
Traditionally, developers have relied on constructing routing tables to build their REST APIs. These tables map specific routes to corresponding request handlers. However, this approach involves manual decoding of headers, query parameters, and request bodies, as well as encoding of responses. Despite its flexibility, this classic method has several drawbacks, including the need for extensive low-level code and the manual or semi-automated creation of documentation and client libraries. Fortunately, the Scala open-source ecosystem offers superior alternatives for API development. Libraries like Tapir, Endpoints4s, and ZIO HTTP enable developers to define endpoints at a higher level. With these solutions, developers can declare their endpoints in a high-level manner, eliminating the need to handle decoding and encoding. Additionally, they provide benefits like OpenAPI documentation and type-safe clients for free. In this comparative analysis, Jorge Vásquez will guide attendees through these three alternatives, highlighting their common and unique features. By the end, Jorge will offer his recommendations on which use cases are best suited for each library. This valuable information will empower attendees to choose the most suitable solution for their specific problem.