EP53: Design effective and safe APIs
This week’s system design refresher:
Types of memory and storage (Youtube video)
Designing effective and safe APIs
The best way to learn SQL
Twitter recommendation algorithm
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Types of Memory and Storage
In this video, we're diving into the world of computer memory and storage.
We will talk about:
- The fundamental duo: RAM and ROM
- DDR4 and DDR5
- Firmware and BIOS
- SRAM and DRAM
- HDD, SSD, USB Drive, SD Card
- and more
How do we design effective and safe APIs?
The diagram below shows typical API designs with a shopping cart example.
Note that API design is not just URL path design. Most of the time, we need to choose the proper resource names, identifiers, and path patterns. It is equally important to design proper HTTP header fields or to design effective rate-limiting rules within the API gateway.
Over to you: What are the most interesting APIs you’ve designed?
What is the best way to learn SQL?
In 1986, SQL (Structured Query Language) became a standard. Over the next 40 years, it became the dominant language for relational database management systems. Reading the latest standard (ANSI SQL 2016) can be time-consuming. How can I learn it?
There are 5 components of the SQL language:
- DDL: data definition language, such as CREATE, ALTER, DROP
- DQL: data query language, such as SELECT
- DML: data manipulation language, such as INSERT, UPDATE, DELETE
- DCL: data control language, such as GRANT, REVOKE
- TCL: transaction control language, such as COMMIT, ROLLBACK
For a backend engineer, you may need to know most of it. As a data analyst, you may need to have a good understanding of DQL. Select the topics that are most relevant to you.
Over to you: What does this SQL statement do in PostgreSQL: “select payload->ids->0 from events”?
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