Tuesday, May 26, 2015

7 Important API Design Lessons

Now that the Nordic APIs World Tour is finished, let’s circle back to sum up what we learned. During our tour, expert API practitioners shared their insights with attendees at 4 cities, touching on API development, security, design, operations, and more during intimate conference settings.

A recurring theme in many talks was API Design. So, in this article, we’ll sum up important API design lessons that were conveyed by our speakers — both practical tips on technical implementation, as well as more more philosophical considerations on how to hide (or not hide) complexity when designing an API.
  1. Know Your API Requirements
  2. Think of APIs as Building Blocks
  3. Understand Your Audience
  4. Decrease Confusion For The User, Let Provider Handle Complexity
  5. Use Hypermedia For Evolvability
  6. Learn From Real World Information Design
  7. API Design Needs To Convince the Architect

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