Posts Tagged: developers

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

Leverage Public APIs

Leverage Public APIs to Make Your System Better

The software world has moved in many ways towards the idea of modularity rather than the archetypal monolith — services and systems are continually developed in chunks rather than as a single system. This has spilled over into many aspects of the API space, and represents a powerful opportunity for developers to not only simplify the development cycle, but to leverage modularity to make their own offerings more powerful. Read more

Developer Relations: How to Offer Unparalleled Developer Outreach

APIs are necessarily a communal endeavor — the community fostered between the users, the providers, and those who depend on the API for the functions of their own services drives the development environment of the API space.

Accordingly, developer outreach is absolutely essential for cultivating an API’s network of users and agents. Read more

Developer Center

7 Ingredients That Make Up a Superb Developer Center

What is a consistent attribute across successful API programs? They all have awesome developer portals. Good API documentation is easy to navigate and understand, but the best, shining developer center pushes onboarding and actual implementation to new levels of usability, to the point where integrating the API becomes as simple as cake — well, at least as simple as technically possible. Read more