Posts Tagged: platform policy

Designing API Usage Guidelines For Bot Clients

In the spring of 2017, Twitter published a series of guidelines for automated API users utilizing bots. These guidelines were created to help control the intent, actions, and result of bots on the service. Accordingly, there was some discussion about just what these guidelines did and didn’t do, and how valuable such a set of guidelines were. Read more

Oracle Vs. Google: How To Protect an API From Legal Snags

Over the past couple of years, Oracle has been seeking $8.8 billion in damages for Google’s use of Java in Android. If you’ve taken a look at any tech websites or the finance section of a newspaper in the past couple of years, then there’s a good chance you already know that. 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

A Human’s Guide to Drafting API Platform Policy

There are some languages in the world that are tough to master and for your average application developer none more so than Legaleze, a language so inaccessible that only a learned few can speak it fluently. The diction and terminology is generally so difficult that most don’t even attempt to learn: When presented with an API’s terms of use or platform policy, most developers simply click ‘I accept’ and get on with coding. Read more

Instagram API and the Transient Nature of Public Social APIs

Instagram, the largest photo-only distribution social network, has exploded in usage. With 60 million photos uploaded every day, the app is now cemented as a major social entity.

Third party apps which tied into Instagram were a critical part of originally growing the platform. Read more