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GraphQL | A query language for your API
GraphQL is a query language for APIs and a runtime for fulfilling those queries with your existing data. GraphQL provides a complete and understandable description of the data in your API, gives clients the power to ask for exactly what they need and nothing more, makes it easier to evolve APIs over time, and enables powerful developer tools.
api  graphQL  framework 
yesterday by innerstation
User experience design for APIs
1 - Deliberately design end-to-end user workflows.

Most API developers focus on atomic methods rather than holistic workflows. They let users figure out end-to-end workflows through evolutionary happenstance, given the basic primitives they provided. The resulting user experience is often one long chain of hacks that route around technical constraints that were invisible at the level of individual methods.

To avoid this, start by listing the most common workflows that your API will be involved in. The use cases that most people will care about. Actually go through them yourself, and take notes. Better yet: watch a new user go through them, and identify pain points. Ruthlessly iron out those pain points. In particular:

Your workflows should closely map to domain-specific notions that users care about. If you are designing an API for cooking burgers, it should probably feature unsurprising objects such as "patty", "cheese", "bun", "grill", etc. And if you are designing a deep learning API, then your core data structures and their methods should closely map to the concepts used by people familiar with the field: models/networks, layers, activations, optimizers, losses, epochs, etc.
Ideally, no API element should deal with implementation details. You do not want the average user to deal with "primary_frame_fn", "defaultGradeLevel", "graph_hook", "shardedVariableFactory", or "hash_scope", because these are not concepts from the underlying problem domain, they are highly specific concepts that come from your internal implementation choices.
Deliberately design the user onboarding process. How are complete newcomers going to find out the best way to solve their use case with your tool? Have an answer ready. Make sure your onboarding material closely maps to what your users care about: don't teach newcomers how your API is implemented, teach them how they can use it to solve their own problems.
api  quality  documentation 
yesterday by janpeuker

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