Documentation will set you free – this is a mantra often delivered by experienced developers, and it bears repeating whenever the value of documentation is discussed. Simply put, documentation is perhaps one of the most important elements of effective API developer communication, second only to active demonstrations, tutorials, and other interactive systems. Read more
Posts Tagged: API Definition
The API lifecycle is a topic of much discussion — and rightfully so. The API space is agile, ever changing, and its participants must continually meet the shifting kaleidoscope of user needs and demands.
Speeding up and securing this lifecycle is seen by many, then, to be the Holy Grail. Read more
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
Few things are as important to an industry as common understanding and definitions. Without knowing exactly what industry-specific terms mean, and how they apply to given situations, little discourse API development can take place. It seems strange, then, that there are still so many terms in the API space that are misunderstood or misused. Read more