As a variety of well-supported HTTP clients meets the rise of consistent patterns applied to API design, are we essentially removing the usefulness of an API specific client library?

Standards like HAL and Siren address common parts of API response. Description languages like the OpenAPI Spec define a way to communicate the behavior and structure of an API. With generic libraries that consume well-known API formats and code generators that create API specific bindings is there any value in a bespoke language-specific API wrapper?

In this session, we’ll consider how client libraries can help create a better developer experience for existing APIs and explore what a long term vision of client libraries may be, as more new APIs embrace modern patterns and standards.


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