Are you looking for a way to design a first mobile API? Look no further and take advantage of these 3 best practices!
So, you are planning on designing a first mobile API. Good for you! If you ask a software developer to share its experience when it comes to designing a first mobile API he will probably tell you that it is a challenging process that requires a lot of work, dedication, time, and money. Even though the process is challenging and not at all simple – it is all going to worth in the end.
Additional Reading: Designing for Mobile First – Why It is Important to Design for Mobile First
In order to simplify the things and design a great first mobile API that your users will enjoy using it and you will enjoy designing is as well take advantage of these 3 practices.
- Documentation – Yes, you probably hate documentation, but if you want your users to use Your API, documentation is crucial. Remember, it is better if you do things in the right way and enjoys the end results later. Documentation is the first thing your users will see so you need to make sure to present it as great as possible. In order to write a good documentation, you need to include requests and responses, as well as descriptions of each element. Once you are done with the documentation, don’t forget to validate it so it makes sense to other people, besides yourself.
- Flexibility – When it comes to designing a first mobile API you need to bear in mind that balance is essential. You can’t always expect your users to want user your services, so it is wise to have at least a certain level of tolerance and flexibility. The point here is that not everyone is going to share your opinion and not everyone is going to agree with you. Have a few valuable alternatives that you could include in your API and be as flexible as possible.
- Security – As an API provider you should be providing helpful examples of how to authorize and authenticate when accessing your first mobile API. Security, after all, is one of the most important things to include into your design. Here are a few things you need to keep in mind: whitelisting functionality, protect yourself against cross-site request forgery, and validate access to resources.
By following these practices, you will ensure that your first mobile API is well-organized and easy-to-use.
— API Studio (@api_studio) 7 de abril de 2017