Posts Tagged: Design

8 Keys To Creating A Truly Usable API

When creating an API, it’s all too easy to release something that “just works.” For some developers who aren’t working at an API-first company where the API is a central component to their business, they may see creating an API as a distraction from their core duties and rush to get a product out that does the job it’s supposed to, but little more than that. Read more

Designing Evolvable APIs for the Web: Identification

The current business and technical relevance of Web APIs is visible and documented in an increasing number of articles, products and conferences. However, these efforts have been mostly centered on the API (Application Programming Interface) side and less on the Web. Read more

Optimizing APIs for Mobile Apps

Along with data cap and battery drain, speed is a top usability issue for most mobile device users. Even using the latest 4G LTE, mobile networks inherently have higher latencies than DSL, and devices still experience slower ping over WiFi.

The protocol, device configuration, or app design can all contribute to these slow load times. Read more

Architecting an API Backend

We’ve discussed in length API business, monetization techniques, and the importance of improving the experience for our target developer consumer. But underneath the hood, what does the architecture of an API platform actually look like? Just as developers who use an API rely on it to power their applications, a similar ecosystem may exist fueling the components that make up an API itself. Read more

Beautiful UI Design for API Developer Portals

When we think of Application Programming Interfaces — APIs — we may not immediately pair them with User Interface design. Implemented as a background tool, APIs are largely in the hands of developers, and technical documentation has a natural reputation of being elusive for laymen. Read more