APIs offer plenty of opportunities for direct revenue generation. With that said, the APIs-as-products philosophy can have us looking to monetize at every step, ignoring the many indirect benefits of an API-first architecture. Today, we’re hoping to curb that mentality by diving deep into five indirect benefits of building APIs, aside from straight revenue! Read more
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We interview Karen White, Developer Advocate at BigCommerce, about her upcoming session at the Austin API Summit 2019.
Karen White is a Developer Advocate at BigCommerce, and she’s passionate about all things developer. Originally with an academic background in technical writing, Karen quickly realized that she loves being able to liaise between developers, product managers, and business folk, informing company-wide strategy on an organizational level. Read more
These days, developer communities come in all shapes and sizes. There are tight-knit local meetups for niche programming languages. Groups form around everything from GraphQL to Docker, and massive online communities center around platforms like Github or Stack Overflow. And occasionally, communities emerge around company-specific API platforms too; take Twilio, Shopify, or Fidor, for example. Read more
We’ve been in the API game for a little while now, and we’ve seen our fair share of compelling developer communities being cultivated. On the flipside, we’ve also seen some epic fails. At our 2016 Platform Summit, Shayne Parmelee, developer experience lead at Shopify, talked about some of his own successes (and failures) during his time with the company. Read more
Whether you’re a startup developing your first API or an established player in the API economy, the truth is becoming steadily more apparent; providing quality API documentation is vital to the success of an API initiative. API documentation is an important part of the product offering, delivering affordances to the developer community to help them understand exactly what an API offers and how to use it. Read more