Building an API is like an orchestra: it takes a lot of instruments playing together and in-tune to get the right sound. If just one of those instruments is out of tune — or worse: missing completely — the end result is never quite what you had hoped for. Read more
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API metrics are perhaps the single most important factor in improving any API system. Metrics are inherently valuable – tracking data on API usage, availability, uptime, and other insights is pivotal to keeping a consistently healthy platform. That being said, it’s an unfortunate truth that many developers do not leverage API analytics to their full power, simply preferring to consider metrics a business tool, and little else. Read more
We’ve previously discussed best practices when it comes to designing an API with quality developer experience. But what will the long term operational repercussions be for the design moves we make now?
For example, if URLs are designed without metadata to describe actions, later on, product owners will have a difficult time staring at unintelligible logs. Read more
It’s a universal truth that testing for errors, and debugging any that show up, isn’t a fun process.
Almost all API providers are familiar with the process of monitoring and testing. Before you commit code, API behaviors must be thoroughly vetted, as with any software release. Read more
One of the most important systems an API developer can implement is a system of monitoring. API implementation is not a “fire and forget” affair — continual support and development is necessary for a healthy, effective implementation, and this of course requires testing and monitoring. Read more