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RESTful API libraries are useful when you want to interact with a web service that adheres to the principles of Representational State Transfer (REST).
Data Manipulation: These libraries expose functionalities to create, read, update, and delete data (CRUD operations). So, if your application involves manipulating data stored on a server, RESTful API libraries can come in handy.
Microservices Architecture: RESTful APIs are also useful in a microservices architecture. They allow services to communicate with each other efficiently.
Community and Support: The RESTful API libraries often have strong support and a large community since REST is a popular architectural style. This means that you are likely to find answers to your questions relatively easily.
HTTP verbs: RESTful API libraries provide functions to make HTTP requests using the common HTTP methods: GET, POST, PUT, PATCH, and DELETE.
Headers Management: These libraries offer functions to manage headers for various purposes - authentication, content-type, etc.
Error Handling: Proper error handling helps to rectify issues on time. The libraries come with elegant error handling mechanisms that simplify the process of debugging.
Interceptors: They provide a way to intercept requests or responses before they are handled then allow to transform the request or handle errors.
Promise based Structure: Most libraries follow Promise based structure which allows you to easily handle async tasks, without going into the callback hell.
While RESTful API libraries provide a lot of convenience, there are a few potential pitfalls.
Performance: Each HTTP request made includes overhead from headers and establishing connections. Too many requests can slow your app down.
Version Management: When the RESTful API update versions, it might stop supporting some of the features or might have introduced breaking changes. So, must keep the library as well as your application up to date.
Error Handling: Not all libraries handle errors well. If an error is not caught correctly, it can crash your application.
Security: APIs open up a way to an application's data. If the security is not implemented correctly, it can lead to data leakage.
Request Limitations: Some REST APIs have limitations on the number of requests users can send within a given time period.
Dependency Risks: Since npm users often download and incorporate public packages into their projects, this may pose security risks and complexity. Be aware of dependencies that are no longer maintained or have known vulnerabilities.