Everyone’s talking about the REST API this year. From head-scratching over whether it’s ready yet, to grand claims that it will become a component of 100% of the web, it seems we’ve all got an opinion.
I have a few opinions, but they’re constantly shifting in response to how the API is being developed, what I read and the opportunities I see for it.
In a nutshell, I think it has bags of potential, but also carries some risks. The main one being that in all the excitement to adopt it and embrace it as the future of WordPress, the millions of people who are WordPress users and beginner developers get left behind.
So I think it’s important the rest of us don’t get left behind, but I think there’s real potential for tools which non-coders (or beginner coders) can use which will harness the REST API, such as single page applications, completely new admin systems, and app building tools.
I look forward to seeing how it all pans out, but in the meantime here’s some of what I’ve been writing for WPMU DEV on the topic:
- WordPress in 2016: How the REST API and Calypso Will Force Change
- When to Use the WordPress REST API – and When Not To
- What the WordPress REST API Means for Ordinary Users (and Not Developers)
I’ve got more posts in the pipeline about this – so watch this space!