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Irresistible APIs: Designing Web APIs That Developers Will Love

Summary A Web API is a platform with a web-style interface developers can use to implement functionality. Well-designed APIs feel like a natural extension of the application, rather than just a new interface into the backend database. Designing Web APIs based on use cases allows an organization to develop irresistible APIs, which developers can consume easily and which support the business values of that organization. Purchase of the print book includes a free eBook in PDF, Kindle, and ePub formats from Manning Publications. About the Technology It takes a village to deliver an irresistible web API. Business stakeholders look for an API that works side-by-side with the main product to enhance the experience for customers. Project managers require easy integration with other products or ways for customers to interact with your system. And, developers need APIs to consistently interoperate with external systems. The trick is getting the whole village together. This book shows you how. About the Book Irresistible APIspresents a process to create APIs that succeed for all members of the team. In it, you'll learn how to capture an application's core business value and extend it with an API that will delight the developers who use it. Thinking about APIs from the business point of view, while also considering the end-user experience, encourages you to explore both sides of the design process and learn some successful biz-to-dev communication patterns. Along the way, you'll start to view your APIs as part of your product's core value instead of just an add-on. What's Inside Design-driven developmentDeveloping meaningful use casesAPI guiding principlesHow to recognize successful APIs About the Reader Written for all members of an API design team, regardless of technical level.About the AuthorKirsten Hunter is an API evangelist who helps developers and business stakeholders understand, design, and deliver amazing APIs.Table of ContentsUNDERSTANDING WEB APIsWhat makes an API irresistible?Working with web APIsAPI FirstWeb services explainedDESIGNING WEB APIsGuiding principles for API designDefining the value for your APICreating your schema modelDesign-driven developmentEmpowering your developers

Paperback: 232 pages

Publisher: Manning Publications; 1 edition (September 30, 2016)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1617292559

ISBN-13: 978-1617292552

Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches

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Kirsten Hunter is an API Evangelist with 10 years experience helping developers and business stakeholders understand, design, and deliver amazing APIs. She speaks frequently at industry conferences and gives workshops for API designers of all levels.

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