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Making an API Developers Love Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Making an API DevelopersLoveBy Frank Denbow@frankdenbow
  • 2. Who I AmDeveloper, CarnegieMellonPicsicle iOS AppStartupThreadsStartup Weekend,Startup Digest15+ hackathons
  • 3. Why An API MattersDeveloper community can bring Creativity New Markets Evangelists
  • 4. Netflix: 20 Billion API calls/monthhttp://techblog.netflix.com/2011/02/redesigning-netflix-api.html
  • 5. Twitter: 75% of calls in APIDeveloper community vital to the reachhttp://blog.programmableweb.com/2010/04/15/
  • 6. High Level TopicsSolve Developer PainIncentivesCommitmentReliability
  • 7. Solve Developer PainHelping developers build things faster, better
  • 8. Example: CelebrityTwin.meFace.com: Facial recognition API, used inCelebrityTwin.me
  • 9. Example: CelebrityTwin.meFace.com: Facial recognition API, used inCelebrityTwin.me
  • 10. 66% Facial SimilarityExample: CelebrityTwin.meFace.com: Facial recognition API, used inCelebrityTwin.me
  • 11. IncentivesAre your business goals in line with thedeveloper’s?
  • 12. CommitmentIs your API a high priority? Can I count on you tomaintain and support the API as needed?
  • 13. ReliableCan I count on your API to be available at alltimes?
  • 14. Granular Topics of Interest Simplicity Standards (JSON, REST) Documentation Support
  • 15. SimpleEasy to understand, predictable resources,speed to hello world
  • 16. Example: FoursquarePredictable endpoints, versioning
  • 17. StandardsUse common standards to make adoption easierand consistent. REST, JSON
  • 18. DocumentationExample Code, API Explorer (Mashery), MultipleLanguages
  • 19. Example: Mashery Explorer
  • 20. Documentation: StripePayments APICode samples inmultiple languagesCopiable sample codeSupplement with livechat
  • 21. Example: StripeGet started page has copiable code
  • 22. Example: StripeCode in multiple languages
  • 23. SupportBe available whenever you are needed
  • 24. Support Example: TwilioSMS and TelephonyAPIWeekend SupportFulltime Evangelists
  • 25. Thanks!@frankdenbow