Posts Tagged: developers

Why It’s OK For Your API To Be Boring

Serverless, GraphQL, Go, microservices… disruptive tech offers great benefits, but is “boring” tech better from a pragmatic viewpoint?

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. No need to reinvent the wheel. The KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid!) principle. There are plenty of expressions and the like out there that advocate embracing the tried and tested over the complex and newfangled, but sometimes the siren song of cutting-edge technology is just too much to resist. Read more

Case Study: How Rakuten RapidAPI Is Globalizing The API Marketplace

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

How To Design Frictionless APIs

When it comes to making products, successful designers realize that the end user must be the ultimate focus. The user really ought to be considered in every decision that is made. It’s so important, in fact, that the study of User Experience (UX) is a dedicated discipline. Read more

The Ups and Downs of Creating An API Company

Matthew Broderick once quipped in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off that “life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.” Sure, he wasn’t talking about API companies but he might as well have been. Read more

API Evangelism and API Advocacy: Is There A Difference?

Build it and they will come. That might work for ghosts and baseball fields but, sadly, it’s not true for APIs. There’s nothing worse than spending months developing an API, or any other product for that matter, only to see it flounder after launch. Read more