Like many industries, the API space has its own jargon. Many terms are used so often that it’s a common assumption that the related party understands what is being talked about. But for for newcomers, these subtle definitions may not be as apparent. Read more
Posts Tagged: definition
As with any industry, the web API space faces different approaches to standardization. Not least of which are the differences between how API providers choose to define their APIs in a machine readable way with API specifications and description languages.
API definitions have emerged as ways to annotate API functionalities, and there are still many out there catering to varying web service architectures. Read more
Say you have developed a web API and now want to show it to the world. Next comes documentation, and guess what — there’s a tool for that. But, in a sea of API documentation generation tools, which one is suitable to your specific environment? Read more
In our recent post on tips for starting a public API journey we touched briefly on the idea of creating a style guide that helps API providers produce well-constructed and consistent APIs as part of their public API offering. The creation of an API style guide is, however relevant for API providers regardless of whether they are providing APIs externally or internally: It provides the context for their development efforts whether it be outsourced or created internally and is an important tool for achieving some level of governance across the organization. Read more
API management is a term that has been used in the API economy for several years and has existed without acquiring an exact, universal definition. While most protagonists in the API community agree on the core themes of API management and why the subject is important, the specifics are frequently defined by the capabilities of commercial “API management” solutions. Read more