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
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GraphQL is a very powerful query language that does a great many things right. When implemented properly, GraphQL offers an extremely elegant methodology for data retrieval, more backend stability, and increased query efficiency.
The key here though is that simple phrase — when implemented properly. Read more
On the one hand, having proper API documentation can be a sign of early success for an API provider, allowing new users to effectively understand the functionalities and caveats behind an API solution.
On the other hand, extensive documentation could indicate an overly complex solution with far too many variables to navigate. Read more
Designing and writing good API documentation can be a daunting task, but is critical for any API-driven or B2D (Business 2 Developer) company to ensure developer success. Your documentation is also your company’s marketing asset and may be the first few pages a new prospect visits to assess how difficult your integration is and how the product works. 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