Posts Tagged: usability

Using API Analytics to Empower the Platform

API metrics are perhaps the single most important factor in improving any API system. Metrics are inherently valuable – tracking data on API usage, availability, uptime, and other insights is pivotal to keeping a consistently healthy platform. That being said, it’s an unfortunate truth that many developers do not leverage API analytics to their full power, simply preferring to consider metrics a business tool, and little else. Read more

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Virtualization, Sandboxes, and Playgrounds for a Wholesome API

An API is only as good as it is known. Getting an API into a developer’s hands, demonstrating the power of your solution, and providing an environment in which they can test and manipulate data in a controlled, monitored way is perhaps one of the most important unsung heroes of API publication. 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

Is Your API the Cinderella or the Crown Princess?

Have you noticed that your API sometimes feels a bit misunderstood, seen as a sideline or a purely technical solution?

This might happen because you put your API to do menial work with no real business strategy. It may also be because the API documentation is not pretty, correct, or understandable. Read more

Sweet API — Syntactic Sugar and You

The internet is bar none the most effective and amazing tool for connecting people. What it’s historically not, however, is an effective and amazing tool for connecting people with systems. While networks form and information is shared, the underlying systems have historically been hidden underneath complex code and abstraction. Read more