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API design is critical to API success. And when your API design excels, your APIs can unlock new business channels, create value, and ignite a digital transformation.
In this blog post, we’ll cover the fundamentals of API design, which is one of the key API basics you need to know. We'll also share how the Akana API management platform simplifies the process. By the end of this blog, you'll be ready to design APIs that are easy to consume, built the right way, and running as they should be.
API design is the process of creating application programming interfaces (APIs). APIs are designed to connect disparate technologies by exposing application functionality and exposing data, so consumers and developers can use APIs. Good API design starts early.
How you design APIs has an important impact on how they are used by consumers and developers. When APIs are designed well, users don't need to understand the complexity of of the underlying technology. They can simply leverage the APIs to connect applications.
You may have many API design considerations. Here are some of the top questions you may ask during the API design process:
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Follow these API design principles and best practices:
When you choose the right API management platform, it's easy to follow API design principles and best practices. That platform is Akana — the easiest way to create, secure, publish, and promote APIs to your community.
Akana provides the top API design features you need to build your APIs the right way.
APIs are all about the user (whether the user is a consumer or developer). One key to providing a good user experience is an intuitive developer portal that allows API developers to design, build, and document well-constructed APIs.
The Akana API management platform provides flexibility and productivity for API designers. With Akana, it's easy to create simple, secure APIs in the descriptor language of your choice.
Design and document APIs with a powerful, easy-to-use interactive graphical editor in Akana. You can author APIs from scratch. Or you can view and edit an imported API from Swagger, RAML, WADL, and WSDL. The designer also supports markdown to add rich documentation.
Plus, the Akana platform allows your consumers and developers to export your API definition in whatever descriptor language they choose.
In each operation, you can set up the following:
One or more parameters, including:
Now that you have a better understanding of what API design is and how it is performed in the Akana platform, give it a try yourself!
Sign up for a free 6-month trial with Akana and learn how to design, create, document, test, and secure an API.
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