Critique of Stripe’s Java APIs
I recently started looking at the Stripe APIs to add billing features to DripStat. Considering the API is Stripe’s interface, I was expecting a smooth sailing, well architected Java API to use. However, looking at the Java API docs, I couldn’t help but say something about the state of Stripe’s Java APIs.
Examples use everything except Java
It starts with the tutorial pages. There is an example in every language except… guess which one?
But ignoring that, I started looking at the actual API reference docs. I stumbled across sample code like this:
planParams = new HashMap (); planParams.put("amount", 2000); planParams.put("interval", "month"); planParams.put("name", "Amazing Gold Plan"); planParams.put("currency", "usd"); planParams.put("id", "gold"); Plan.create(planParams);
Here is how the above API should be:
Plan plan = new PlanBuilder() .setAmount(2000) .setInterval(Interval.MONTH) .setName("Amazing Gold Plan") .setCurrency(Currency.USD) .setId("Gold") .build();
Using the builder pattern makes the API type safe to use and easier to read.
Plan p = Plan.retrieve("cpum8g"); Map
updateParams = new HashMap (); updateParams.put("name", "New plan name"); p.update(updateParams);
Aside from the use of maps, it is unclear if the
update() method updates the Plan object in place or returns a new, updated object.
A more elegant way is:
Plan p = Plan.retrieve("cpum8g"); Plan newPlan = new PlanBuilder() .setName("New plan name") .update(p);
This is not a critique of Stripe, the service. It is a very valuable service and should exist in every country. This is a critique of the Java API specifically. I hope this article will shed some light on it and they will improve it.