Want to launch your API with a bang? Or get more internal adoption?
Hack Days (or Hackathons) give developers a day off to build anything they can dream up. No rules. At the end of the day, developers demo for glory and free beer.
If your API is only available to developers inside the company - even more reason. Why?
- Get the word out - Hack Day is a high profile way to drive adoption and build grass-roots excitement internally....
Aside from curb weight and operating speed - there's not a lot of difference between an iPhone and a fine automobile. Both are at their most innovative when people drive them with APIs. Why? See Brian Mulloy's (@landlessness) O'Reilly Detroit Ignite session - "Two Ton API client." Both a talk track and the slideshare are below.
Companies need to wring value out of their investments; find new ways to serve customers or create new value with their current systems, products, supply chains and partnerships.
I keep going back to water analogies. My house has a plumbing infrastructure that was paid for a long time ago. I recently found new value in that infrastructure, an automatic sprinkler system. Again the system reminds me of an API. Through this one common interface I can connect many endpoints (sprinkler heads) and my yard has never looked better. I have some endpoints that cover the lawn, some that concentrate on...
Once you build your API, will developers come?
We've picked up some good stuff from our customers on this topic, many of which we've posted as developer adoption best practices on this blog.
So today we've rolled these in a new whitepaper with our friends at Evolved Media - Developers Hate Marketing: Attracting Developers to your API.
Topics include some thoughts on:
- what do developers expect?
- do's and don'ts in launching your API
- patterns in successful developer programs
You can find it here, we'd love to hear what you think....
Marsha Collier and Sam discuss the API console at the Paypal innovate show this week. Check it out!
At PayPal's Innovate 2010 event yesterday, we launched our API Explorer for the PayPal Adaptive Payments APIs, including their new ones. Our own Sam Ramji gave a great demo on stage, but in case you couldn't be there, here's a quick overview of how to get started.
The PayPal API lets developers easily leverage its payment platform in apps, mobile and mashups. The Apigee PayPal console interacts with the PayPal sandbox environment to let you get up and running without needing to transact payments.
We've made getting started on the API a single-click task by pre-populating custom tokens and sample values for all request parameters, but when you are ready to get...