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Avoiding long-running HTTP API requests

How do you handle long-running HTTP requests that take long to complete? For example, how would you design an HTTP API that needs to generate a transcript for a specific video (by ID)? Deeper into that question, you can assume that won’t be a fast request/response, so how can we better manage this? Using asynchronous request/reply with HTTP. YouTube Check out my YouTube channel, where I post all kinds of content accompanying my posts, including this video showing everything in this post. Designing an API Endpoint This video/blog were spurred on by this post I came across on Twitter/X. I didn’t think… Read More »Avoiding long-running HTTP API requests

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