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This is the last part of Building Effective API Programs. We’re concluding this series with a “cheat sheet” summary of the key success factors.
In the introduction, we explained that exposing assets via APIs can prove to be extremely valuable but that tackling the technical challenges of building the API is only one aspect. To reap the true benefits of your APIs, there’s a lot more that needs to be addressed.
Your API program should address all elements necessary to describe, deliver, and capitalize on the value of the API. In other words, at the core of an API program is the description of the value of the API – both the value for the organization exposing APIs and the value that API consumers get out of it. Delivery is all about how you make the API available,…
Developer experience (DX) is about more than having a well designed API – it’s the packaging and delivery of the API, which are key to ensuring it gets adopted by developers.
In the previous four parts of this series, we discussed API benefits, strategy, and business models.
Good API design has some core principles which that may differ in implementation. The authors of APIs: A Strategy Guide have a great analogy:
Every car has a steering wheel, brake pedals, and an accelerator. You might find that hazard lights, the trunk release, or radio are slightly different, but it’s rare that an experienced driver can’t figure out how to drive a rental car.
For more information on API design strategy, tools, and best practices, you can download the API Provider Guide – API Design.
This report also includes a listing of vendors who provide tools for API Design, and was prepared by Kin Lane of APIEvangelist.com.
Our customers are always looking to improve the success of their API, and one of the best ways to do this is to provide an excellent developer experience. The front line for your developer’s experience with your API is your developer portal – so while it may seem like a lot of work to set it up, you’ll save enormously in support costs and help keep developers engaged with your API.