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4 Methods to Make Your API Truly Discoverable

4 Methods to Make Your API Truly Discoverable

By Bill Doerrfeld on .

The software industry has shifted to truly embrace web APIs as products, rather than ancillary services alongside the traditional business model. Because of that, API providers are naturally placing greater emphasis on marketing these services and creating a new identity that caters well to third-party developers.

If you are an API advocate or product owner, you may feel the pressure to get your service into the hands of developers by spreading the good word at hackathons, webinars, or attending API-related events. Word of mouth is an excellent tool, but before you start printing business cards, there are other actions you can take to naturally increase the discoverability of your service. 

In this post, we’ll review some methods and tools that API providers can use to improve the visibility of a web API —  helpful for API owners in the process of releasing a new public web API or promoting an existing one. We’ll explore:

  • API portals from an SEO perspective,
  • Profiling an API within developer directories,
  • The viability of API discovery formats...

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Categories: api ecosystem, apis, community, featured guest series, openapi


OpenAPI / Swagger Resource List for API Developers

By Heitor Tashiro Sergent on .

The OpenAPI Specification, formerly known as Swagger Specification, is a simple yet powerful way of describing RESTful APIs, in a machine and human readable format, using JSON or YAML. It has a large ecosystem of tools that can help you design, build, document, test, and visualize your APIs.

Crafting good APIs is no easy task. OpenAPI brings a lot of benefits to this process, whether you approach it from a design-first or code-first perspective. The ecosystem of tools can help you generate interactive documentation, SDKs for your APIs in multiple languages, and server stubs.

But getting started with OpenAPI can be challenging. Figuring out how to start writing a spec from the ground up or for existing APIs, which tools, cloud providers, and frameworks support the specification, the differences between 1.2, 2.0, and the upcoming 3.0 versions, and finding open-source generators for your SDKs are only a few of the questions you can run into.

That's why we decided to aggregate the best resources in a single place, and hopefully, guide you on this journey in implementing and making the most of your OpenAPI specification [...]

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Categories: api ecosystem, openapi, swagger


3 Things Nobody Told You About API Development

3 Things Nobody Told You About API Development

By Ashley Waxman on .

Many factors in API development are brought to light after development is done: documentation, testing and caching. However, in order to develop APIs successfully and have an easier time maintaining and iterating on those 3 things, it is critical to include them in the development stage, and not as an afterthought. We recently sat down with Phil Sturgeon, author of Build APIs You Won't Hate, to debunk some of the misconceptions around what to include in development vs. post-production. 

In the video below, Phil explains how and why to include building tests, documentation and caching during the build phase of the API lifecycle. This video...

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Categories: community, testing, webinar, api ecosystem


This Fortnight in APIs, Release XI

By Ashley Waxman on .

This post is the eleventh in a series that collects news stories, helpful tools and useful blog posts from the previous two weeks and is curated lovingly by the Runscope Developer Relations team. The topics span APIs, microservices, developer tools, best practices, funny observations and more.

If you operate a CI/CD process, you’re likely making multiple commits a day. But how much thought do you put into your commit message? In the article The Art of the Commit, David Demaree explains what goes into a good commit message, and...

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Categories: api ecosystem, this fortnight in apis, apis, community


This Fortnight in APIs, Release X

By Ashley Waxman on .

This post is the tenth in a series that collects news stories, helpful tools and useful blog posts from the previous two weeks and is curated lovingly by the Runscope Developer Relations team. The topics span APIs, microservices, developer tools...

It’s not uncommon these days to see product releases accompanied by a fresh new API as part of the package. This week, Uber announced the availability of the UberRUSH API, which allows developers to...

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Categories: api ecosystem, this fortnight in apis, apis, community


API Monitoring for API Management: The Ins & Outs

By Jon Wilfong on .

During my years at Mashery, an API management provider, I had the privilege of helping customers launch and scale successful API programs. Now that I'm at Runscope, I want to share my knowledge of how API monitoring can help companies using any form of API management (Apigee, MuleSoft, CA, IBM, Azure, AWS API Gateway, etc.).

We often find ourselves discussing the ways in which Runscope can help companies who have deployed API proxies, gateways and ESBs. API management and API monitoring are two different...

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Categories: api ecosystem, howto, monitoring


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