At the end of July, the OpenAPI Specification 3.0.0 was finally released by the Open API Initiative. It's a major release, and after 3 years in the making, it brings about a lot of improvements over the 2.0 specification, making it possible to create definitions for a broader range of APIs.
What's New in OpenAPI 3.0.0
There're a lot of new features that were added to this version, such as...
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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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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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