Best practices

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JSON deserialization

Some JSON libraries fail by default when an unknown property is found on the response during deserialization.

Adding a new field to a response is not considered a breaking change and can be done at any time, so it’s important to configure the JSON library to not fail on unknown properties.

Jackson 2 (Java)

The ObjectMapper instances created by the Java library Jackson 2 must be configured to not fail on unknown properties. See the example below.

import com.fasterxml.jackson.databind.DeserializationFeature;
import com.fasterxml.jackson.databind.ObjectMapper;

public class ObjectMapperExample {

    public ObjectMapper getObjectMapper() {
        ObjectMapper objectMapper = new ObjectMapper();
        objectMapper.configure(DeserializationFeature.FAIL_ON_UNKNOWN_PROPERTIES, false);
        return objectMapper;