Key takeaways from the 2019 Developer Experience LiveCast
Developer Experience is a crucial aspect of modern-day API ownership. With fierce competition between API providers in almost every industry, it’s no longer about what your API can do, but what it takes for developers to do. Read more
API marketplaces aim to make the API discovery and integration process as intuitive as possible for end developers. Naturally, designing a seamless developer experience requires a comprehensive understanding of the target developer consumer.
While presences like RapidAPI, a popular API marketplace and aggregator, are great for comparison-shopping and integrating with APIs spanning many different verticals (social media, geolocation, text analysis, SMS, cognitive services, business processing operations, and more), what they lack is a localized experience that targets developers in countries across the globe. Read more
An API is a method of communication. At best it’s a tool to make building software easy, but at worse a time-waster and constant hassle. Good APIs abstract complexity and quickly provide clear valuable data, whereas bad APIs abstract too much, don’t allow for any customization, or aren’t clear and therefore are difficult to use. 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