Why I No Longer Use MVC Frameworks

The worst part of my job these days is designing APIs for front-end developers. The conversation goes inevitably as:
Dev – So, this screen has data element x,y,z… could you please create an API with the response format {x: , y:, z: }
Me – Ok
I don’t even argue anymore. Projects end up with a gazillion APIs tied to screens that change often, which, by “design” require changes in the API and before you know it, you end up with lots of APIs and for each API many form factors and platform variants. Sam Newman has even started the process of institutionalizing that approach with the BFF pattern that suggests that it’s ok to develop specific APIs per type of device, platform and of course versions of your app. Daniel Jacobson explains that Netflix has been cornered to use a new qualifier for its “Experience APIs”: ephemeral. Sigh…