For many APIs, a developer portal is the first interaction a developer will have with the API. Typically, this is where a developer finds documentation, code examples, an app gallery and other details that connect them with the API provider. If you want developers to use your service, you’ll aim to make everything within the developer portal as clear as possible. Consider these six steps to bring clarity to your current and future developers.
In earlier pieces about APIs where developers pay for access, I’ve covered methods of pricing APIs and even shared the top three API trial methods. However, some of you are probably not that far along in that process. You may have a good idea for a developer-focused company. Or perhaps your company solved a big issue internally and you want to expose your solution as a new revenue stream. In any case, before you dive into your pricing page and start selling your API, you’ll want to consider some basic questions about the problem, your solution and whether you’re able to support your potential customers. These are the three questions to ask yourself if you sell an API.
According to the employment Web site Simply Hired, job advertisements for “developer evangelists” grew by 38% in 2013. The average salary for these new jobs was between $80K and $120K per year. With new vacancies from Twilio, Pebble, and HelloSign all being advertised this month, there is no end in sight for developers who want to combine marketing and business development skills with their programming expertise. ProgrammableWeb surveyed the career field and spoke with Context.io Developer Evangelist Tony Blank about what the job involves.
How an API was designed and implemented is usually of little interest to consumers of the thousands of APIs available today. What matters most is that an API works, is easy to integrate and solves a real problem. But for the growing number of companies looking to take advantage of the booming API economy and considering developing APIs, design is an important subject.
Ducksboard, a real-time data monitoring and visualization platform, will be adding new services to the widgets directory and extending existing services in a matter of weeks. The new integrations will include LinkedIn, Flurry, Realtime Google Analytics and Trello. The company is also working on a brand new interface and are planning a closed beta the first quarter of 2014. The Ducksboard platform features the Ducksboard API which allows developers to send their own data, retrieve data stored, and manipulate all objects found in Ducksboard.
In a rare API conference event appearance, Twitter graced the stage at last week’s APIDays Paris. The social giant shared some insight into current API usage among third-party developers and gave some read-between-the-lines signs of how it intends to work with API partners in future.
In the very early days of APIs, when John Musser founded ProgrammableWeb, the default for every new API was open–wide open. As the industry has matured, companies have become more careful to enter the open, public API waters. Though the number of APIs is still growing rapidly, most new APIs look very different from those of a few years ago. Popular services used to launch with public APIs, or perhaps have them soon after. Now the popular services are more likely to hold out for awhile, perhaps learning from those before. This wariness of openness has perhaps gone too far, ignoring the positive potential of embracing the ecosystem.
Today Mashery, an Intel Company announced their acquisition of Hacker League, the world’s largest platform for hackathon organizers. Created in late 2011, over the last two years Hacker League has helped run over 450 hackathons worldwide. The move will allow Hacker League to reach an ever wider audience. Mashery at the same time gets the opportunity to invest in a hackathon management tool that meets the growing demand of their Enterprise customer base.
Firebase, a realtime backend that lets you build entire apps with just front-end code, announced Monday it is partnering with Zapier. The partnership will allow developers to easily integrate a host of backend services (like Twilio, Sendgrid, Mailchimp and many, many others) into their apps with just a few simple clicks.