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The Future Of The REST API: An Interview With Daniel Bachhuber

A Day of REST, the developer conference on the WP REST API, is next week. It features speakers that contributed to the API directly and some who put it into practice. It is the ultimate place to hone your skills as a developer and learn a lot about the REST API and how to use it.

Daniel Bachhuber contributed 128 hours to the project and knows a thing or two about how it began and what the future holds.

The Beginning Of The REST API

Bachhuber joined the project in Aug. 2014 at Contributor’s Day at WordCamp NYC, where he, Joe Hoyle, Ryan McCue, and Rachel Baker discussed how to move forward. The first step for Bachhuber was divvying up the responsibilities.

“The WP REST API represents a huge amount of code which, in turn, represents a huge amount of design decisions,” said Bachhuber. “For the long-term success of the API, it’s hugely important the knowledge of the code and design decisions is understood by multiple maintainers.”

Over the course of five months, Bachhuber contributed 128 hours on behalf of his company, Hand Built. For seven months, he contributed 35 hours while also working a full-time job and parenting two children.

The Future And A Day Of REST

The REST API in its current state is the result of a lot of hard work from a group of very talented people, so what’s next for the REST API? The first thing is to fix the remaining 61 issues. Once these issues are addressed, the team plans to move forward on including endpoints for managing posts, comments, users, terms, and comments.

Along with these technical advancements, Bachhuber sees the REST API going further. He believes WordPress can be his personal data store, and act as a place to keep all of his online information in one place. The REST API could be a way to do that.

“I believe WordPress to be the embodiment of core philosophies, than a specific manifestation of software: ownership over personal data, design for the users, commitment to backwards compatibility, and so on,” he said. “The WP REST API is the foundational component of WordPress being embedded within 100% of the web.”

The REST API will help define the future of WordPress. In its most simple form, it will allow WordPress to communicate with the rest of the Internet. Phase two of the REST API will be merged in WordPress core in an upcoming release. The full integration of the API is instrumental as WordPress grows to dominate more and more of the Internet.

A Day of REST is on Jan. 28 in London. Tickets are still available. Where do you think the REST API is going and how will it change WordPress? Leave your answer in the comments below!

Emily Schiola

Emily Schiola is a Staff Writer at Torque. She loves good beer, bad movies, and cats.

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