What is the most important thing you look for when evaluating APIs?

  • Code Samples
  • API Reference
  • Video Tutorials

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For me one of the key things is being able to send and see the raw request / responses quickly and easily. I leverage Postman and Rapyd is awesome to have a collection already created that helps with some of the Encryption.

This lets you practice creating requests and perfecting them to make sure the server is accepting and responding as you would expect with each change. You can see the data thay comes back and most of the time, a good Json payload makes logical sense and does not really need lots of documetation.

My favourite interactive API documentation / reference is Square’s. They kind of have a postman like experience, where when you are logged in, it helps you craft real API request, and actually executes them against your sandbox or production account. It’s pretty impressive.

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