Moving Beyond API Reference Documentation

Launch Any

“Great API documentation is essential” many people exclaim. So, you fire up your favorite API definition editor and start writing docs. The Hidden Value of API Documentation. API documentation tells the story of your API.

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Google Code API Console – Nicely Done

SoCal CTO

Google Code just release the API console. It better organizes Google’s APIs and I even discovered a couple new APIs. Custom Search API - Google Custom Search enables you to search over a slice of the web, such as your own website, or a collection of websites.

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10 Questions Your API Documentation Must Answer

Launch Any

Effective communication is the most important factor for API success. APIs do not have a user interface, so your documentation is the primary communication method for developers to interact with your API. Your API Documentation Must Answer 10 Key Questions.

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Resolving the Frontend/Backend API Design Conflict

Launch Any

As part of my API design consulting engagements, I’m often called in to resolve the conflict between the API design that the frontend developers would prefer to have and the backend developers want to build. Example conflict #2: Performance problems due to n+1 API calls.

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Building Your API Documentation Strategy For SUCCESS

Launch Any

So far, we have put together a foundation for our API documentation: 1. We must first move beyond API reference documentation and look for other ways to communicate the value and purpose of your APIs. APIs are conversations between client and server.

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Building Better APIs in Ruby (and Rails)

Launch Any

I recently presented a lightning talk at Austin on Rails titled “5 ways to build better APIs in Ruby” Below is the slide deck, along with a coupon code to our book to help with your API design and development. Ruby API Framework benchmarks.

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API First Transformation at Etsy – Operations

Code as Craft

This is the second post in a series of three about Etsy’s API, the abstract interface to our logic and data. The previous post is about concurrency in Etsy’s API infrastructure. This post covers the operational side of the API infrastructure.

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Lessons From Training 1400+ People in Web API Design

Launch Any

For the last 2 years, Keith Casey and I have been conducted API training workshops with over 1400 participants across nearly a dozen roles. We hope that by sharing these lessons, we will help your teams to become more educated and productive around the understanding and design of APIs.

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Improving Your API Conversations with Hypermedia, ETags, and Real-Time APIs

Launch Any

There is considerable source material on great API design. These are all important things to consider when designing a great API. As API providers and designers, we can forget what it is like to consume APIs as we get so busy building them. APIs tell a story.

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How to Build a Great API Marketing Plan

Launch Any

I was recently approached by an API vendor at an API conference. While the encounter wasn’t horrific, I did find a few things related to their API marketing and sales process that left me less-than-excited to promote their product to my clients and other developers.

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5 Tips For Wrapping Your Database With a REST API

Launch Any

These applications often require a web-based API to expose the database(s) for storing, querying, and retrieving necessary application data. How can we build an API that exposes our application data but also ensure API longevity to support future needs?

Lord of the API’s

Mark Birch

Let’s see if you can spot the trend in these recent stories: API Management Platform Mashery Closes On $10 Million. The thread that connects these posts comes down to the almighty API. The rise of API’s should not be a surprise to anyone.

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Designing with API data in 10 minutes

Austin Startup

Facebook Graph API Explorer and InVision Craft Continue reading on Austin Startups ». tech texas sketch api design

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Boulder APIs and IPAs Meetup/Drinkup Thursday July 26th

Feld Thoughts

If you are a web developer in Boulder who does stuff with APIs, I encourage you to join our friends at Singly on Thursday 7/26 at the Bitter Bar from 5:30 – 8:30. They are building an organic network of friends and evangelists around APIs and looking to have a conversation with anyone interested. Several Foundry Group companies who are API-centric will be there including FullContact and SendGrid are co-sponsoring the event and helping to promote it.

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API First Transformation at Etsy – Concurrency

Code as Craft

At Etsy we have been doing some pioneering work with our Web APIs. All of the code that was built for the website then had to be rebuilt in our API to be used by our iOS and Android apps. Unfortunately our existing API framework couldn’t support this shared approach.

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When Should Companies Implement a Web API Training Program?

Launch Any

I was recently asked what the key indicators might be that an organization should look to implement a modern web API training program. While there are likely more, these are the five key indicators that we have found that indicate your organization needs to implement an API training program.

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Oracle’s Java API Suit Against Google – Five Years Later

Feld Thoughts

” Oracle also got copyrights to the Java APIs. The post Oracle’s Java API Suit Against Google – Five Years Later appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Five years ago, in August 2010, I asked the question Have We Reached The Software Patent Tipping Point? Oracle sued Google over a series of Java-related patents they got when they acquired Sun.

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How To Design a Great API Training Program

Launch Any

There is no shortage of web API-related training programs. Some focus on the technical details, while others explore the various aspects of great API design. Focus on Cross-Team API Training Fundamentals. Teach API Modeling Along With API Design.

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Things To Hate About API-TOS

Feld Thoughts

I’m now sitting in the API track and the first two presentations have been dynamite. Clay Loveless from Mashery just did a presentation titled “ 5 Things I Hate About Your API-TOS“. For simplicity, I’ll call the company providing the API’s the “platform company” and the companies using the API as the “ecosystem partners.” Tags: Technology API Glue TOS I’m at the Glue Conference all day. So far, it’s far exceeded my already high expectations.

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API Is The Community

Mark Birch

I understand that you guys are hugely busy, and that in the grand scheme of things API support for community programmers is hardly a priority. If you [in the sense of “one”] are going to offer an API, view it as a product to be designed, managed, and supported as a distinct entity; it must work in harmony with the “core” product, but an API that’s a second class citizen in the company is a second class product. That is why API’s are so vital and important.

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The open API secret

Start Up Blog

The biggest flip the technology age has done on the industrial era is the open API. For the uninitiated, an open API (Application Program Interface) is a word used to describe sets of technologies that enable websites to interact with each other. Entrepreneurs get a shot at being acquired by the firms whose API they focus on. The open API idea has to be one of the major reasons why technology companies are eating the world.

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The recent API obsession (and why it matters)

Launch Any

There has been a good deal of discussion, both positive and negative, about the recent obsession of APIs. ” To the non-technical, APIs might be a bit of mystery and magic – build an API, sell your company for lots of money. APIs themselves are nothing special.

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Announcing the “Fundamentals of Designing a Great API” Workshop

Launch Any

I am pleased to announced that LaunchAny and Casey Software have teamed up to provide a new, onsite API workshop called the “Fundamentals of Designing a Great API.” ” This workshop is designed to help product and IT teams better understand the fundamentals of modern web APIs and great API design. The one-day onsite workshop covers the following topics: Understanding APIs. Principles of Modern Web APIs. What Makes a Great API?

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Salesforce API and Axis2

Guy Nirpaz

Guy Nirpaz Blog Thoughts from my startup journey Salesforce API and Axis2 Here’s a useful tip for Java developers integrating with the SalesForce API. To read the explanation, just have a look here Tags: api , axis2 , salesforce This entry was posted on Sunday, May 30th, 2010 at 3:35 am and is filed under Uncategorized.

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“Our API directory has hit another major milestone. We.

Mark Birch

“Our API directory has hit another major milestone. We now list 5,000 APIs, just a short four months since passing 4,000. 5,000 APIs: Facebook, Google and Twitter Are Changing the Web ” by ProgrammableWeb. API tech programming developers

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Should API training be restricted to developers only?

Launch Any

APIs are not just a technology solution that require training for developers, they drive many aspects of the business strategy. In fact, companies are using APIs to extend their core product offerings through partner integrations and even complete products and services.

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"While APIs are growing in popularity, and more and more companies are launching their own public."

Mark Birch

“While APIs are growing in popularity, and more and more companies are launching their own public APIs, it is increasingly clear that public APIs aren’t a good fit for every company. In some cases, companies can only determine that a public API isn’t a viable proposition by launching one and seeing how the market reacts and its needs evolve. The challenge of supporting a public API is that many companies fail to truly buy into the long-term benefits of openness.

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How To Successfully Deploy Your Web or Mobile API to Heroku

Launch Any

I have deployed a wide variety of APIs, from internal to APIs for public or partner consumption. However, many have not experienced Heroku before or have not considered it for an API deployment solution. Why is Heroku such a great fit for deploying APIs? Securing Your API.

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Why Twitter’s API Changes Screws Startups – And Twitter

YoungUpstarts

But with these new API changes, I’m not sure how or even if we can stay in business. I didn’t really look into the recent API changes. Second, Facebook’s API is RETARDED. I love(d) Twitter’s API because of the freedom and ease of use.

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API Access to 2010 US Census Data

Mark Birch

whitneymcn : API Access to 2010 US Census Data The “tomorrow” below is actually today, and this is great. Tomorrow, the Census Bureau will be launching its first-ever public API for developers […]. The API serves up both 2010 Census and American Community Survey statistics for every neighborhood in the US , and delivers on our commitment to create a platform for innovation by “opening up our data”. tech API big data government census USA Government 2.0

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FourSquare API Ideas

Steve Poland

Steves Latest Twitter Update (@PoPo) : Home About Steve Poland: Risk Taker Archives Contact FourSquare API Ideas By Steve Poland • October 28, 2009 I haven’t looked at the API, but I see crazy potential of apps being built on-top of FourSquare. link] Actually, the following post is basically what FourSquare became [feb 2007 I wrote this]: [link] and [link] I haven’t looked at the API, but I see crazy potential of apps being built on-top of FourSquare.

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Slack, Chatbots, and Voice: At the Intersection of Humans and APIs

Launch Any

This article explores the growth of messaging platforms, how APIs and chatbots are changing the way people interact with software, and what it means for digital transformation as well as the future of application development. Same APIs, different devices. And APIs are making it happen.

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What’s Wrong With the Twitter API via @orian

Mark Birch

What’s Wrong With the Twitter API via @orian : All the big Internet platforms create some level of API anxiety within their developer community. Recently Facebook got slammed at the worst of the API’s in a survey by Trove.

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API First Transformation at Etsy – Human aspects & developer adoption

Code as Craft

This is the third post in a series of three about Etsy’s API, the abstract interface to our logic and data. In the last posts we covered how we built a new API framework, and we clearly identified the gains in terms of performance and shared abstraction layer between languages and devices.

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How Cloud APIs Transformed The Way We Build Software and Data Centers

Launch Any

I was recently asked why more companies are not taking more advantage of Cloud APIs from their cloud service providers to power their software product and IT initiatives. While these cloud management tools can be useful, the real power lies in the Cloud APIs that power these tools.

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API Integration Challenges

Mark Birch

API Integration Challenges : Interesting (and somewhat counterintuitive) results from a survey released by Trove. Definitely read more and if you would like to voice your own opinion, join us for the Trove NYC Meetup and Hack Day this Sunday at WeWork Soho (link to sign up at the bottom of the linked post

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Soccer, Fail Whales and APIs

Non-Linear Growth

Which brings me to the real topic of this post; APIs. Twitter is perhaps the business most frequently associated with the term API. The risk, however, is that we develop a mental association between downtime and APIs. Lets not confuse the term API with what is behind the API; service delivery infrastructure. An API is simply an access point into an infrastructure based service. the service delivery infrastructure behind the API is what really matters.

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From Being Google-y to Consoling the (API) Masses

The Product Guy

Filed under: weekend reading Tagged: api , apigee , design , Google , modular innovation , product , scvngr , startup , sxsw , user experience. weekend reading api apigee design Google modular innovation product scvngr startup sxsw user experience

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#DefragCon 2013 Notes: APIs In a Post-API World – Uri Sarid, Mulesoft

Launch Any

APIs In a Post-API World – Uri Sarid, Mulesoft. Now we have a huge number of APIs available. > > 13,000 open APIs today, perhaps millions of enterprise APIs. Until you call it ‘connectivity’” The new software stack is layered with APIs, orchestration, then more APIs – each with a different spin that we all may need. Your API needs to be designed up-front for the people that will use it. API Defrag 2013

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Rise of the API and the Trouble Ahead

Mark Birch

There are “big data” companies that are offering API’s to access data to enrich applications. A whole community of API management vendors like Mashery and Apigee have sprouted up to help web companies manage and monetize their API’s.

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