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API Updates

Thu May 8, 2014, 10:52 AM
We are pleased to announce the release of a new API backend framework and documentation to support future growth of the deviantART & Sta.sh API's.

New Docs2 by muteor

Endpoint2 by muteor



Whats Changed?


We have been busy over the past few months creating a new framework that will allow us to make changes to the API faster.

The main new features are:
  • Versioning - We now support versioning of endpoints meaning we can make backwards incompatible changes.
  • Error Responses - We have standardized our error responses to make it easier for you to handle errors.
  • Request Specifications - We now have fine grained endpoint parameter specifications that improve request validation greatly.
  • Response Specifications - Responses are now predefined so your client will always receive consistent responses and types from the API.
  • Automated Documentation - All of the above means we can auto-generate documentation so that it doesn't become out of sync when we make changes.

Versioning


The ability to version changes to the API is one of the more important new features as it means we can now make backward incompatible changes without breaking older client implementations.

Major versions are specified via the URI of the endpoint and the current major version is v1, for example the whoami call is now: 
/api/v1/oauth2/user/whoami
Minor versions are date based E.g. 20140101 and are requested via the special request header dA-minor-version. If you do not send the header your client will always receive the latest minor version available.

Note: You do NOT need to update your current clients, all requests that do not contain the /v1/ major version in the URI are locked to v1.0 automatically.

Check out the full versioning documentation.

Errors


One of the more inconsistent parts of the old API was its error messages, we have now simplified the error codes and returns to make it easier for your clients to handle error states.

Old style errors are still returned if the request does NOT contain /v1/ in the URI. These will be documented with the endpoint and are marked as deprecated. 

Check out the full errors documentation.

The Future


The point of all this work is to make it possible to release new endpoints in the future. So far we are carefully testing the framework and considering what new endpoints can be released. We don't take the decision to release a new endpoint lightly - it is something that must be well designed, coherent and easy to use and something that we must support for a long time to come.

If you have a burning desire for a particular endpoint that would allow you to do something awesome, then we'd love to hear your thoughts. Please bear in mind that we will only be releasing new endpoints once we are confident that they will work well, be useful to a wide audience and be something we can support log term.

 

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electricjonny Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey guys, wondering why my script electricjonny.deviantart.com/a… is breaking now.

Not a bug report, just wondering why calls to the MessageCenter DiFi are now breaking.

Thanks :)

(I can, and will, investigate further, but any help on your side would be kind)
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yumeruby Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I just peeked at the history and the message center DiFi hasn't been touched in a while. Must have been some other change indirectly affecting it. Without knowing your script better the best I can suggest is comparing to actual MC queries on the site.
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electricjonny Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh, forgive me.  It seems that my script now works.  Not sure why the "hickup", but all is functioning normally now.
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yumeruby Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Good to hear! :)
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:iconelectricjonny:
electricjonny Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Hmm, yeah I had seen this error in Firefox 30 (alpha), but had thought it was internal.  Seems there is "some other" problem here now.  I wonder what it is.  My guess is a change in the GM API.
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MistyCascade Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
disregard my previous post. I just found the suggestion forum... 
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MistyCascade Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know if this is where to give a suggestion, but I haven't found anywhere on dA yet where I can give suggestions. I am an Admin at All-World-Works , which is a very large group here on dA (almost 50,000 members). One of the things in our group that we do, is have a "submissions" folder where people dump all their artwork. Then a group of admins who are folder sorters (myself included), manually move everything to the folders they go in. Well, as you can imagine, that is rather tedious work.  I propose a feature for group administrators to be able to click on various pictures, and move it all to a different folder all at the same time. Similar to when submitting a picture to a group, people can click on several pictures to submit to a particular folder. This would make the job for group administrators way easier and more efficient. Thanks for your time! 
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LabLayers Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Thought I'd drop this here in case anyone dreams in Node:


It passes back profile.username, profile.avatar to passport.js.
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dAhub Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
Half an hour ago the "simple-symbol" class was removed from the Message Center.  Is this a permanent change?  Is the "simple-symbol" class being phased out across the site?
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