Documentation Blog Posts From API Evangelist

These are the blog items I've written over the last decade when it comes to my Documentation resarch, providing the short form of my research across the API industry.

My Primary API Search Engines (07-12-2019)
The Complexity of API Discovery (07-01-2019)
The API Journey (11-23-2018)
API Evangelist API Lifecycle Workshop on API Design (10-11-2018)
API Developer Outreach Research For The Department of Veterans Affairs (09-28-2018)
Providing Minimum Viable API Documentation Blueprints To Help Guide Your API (09-13-2018)
Please Refer The Engineer From Your API Team To This Story (09-13-2018)
The Path To Production For Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) API Applications (09-07-2018)
Provide Your API Developers With A Forkable Example of API Documentation In (08-27-2018)
How Do We Get API Developers To Follow The Minimum Viable API Documentation (08-27-2018)
How Should Teams Be Documenting Their APIs When You Have Both Legacy And New APIs? (08-24-2018)
We Need Your Help Moving The AsyncAPI Specification Forward (07-31-2018)
API Governance Models In The Public and Private Sector (07-19-2018)
My API Lifecycle Checklist And Scorecard (07-12-2018)
VA API Landscape Analysis and Roadmapping Project Report (06-18-2018)
API Lifecycle Seminars In New York City (05-15-2018)
A README For Your Microservice Github Repository (04-30-2018)
REST and gRPC Side by Side In New Google Endpoints Documentation (04-18-2018)
Helping Get The Word Out About Version 3.0 (04-05-2018)
OpenAPI Is The Contract For Your Microservice (04-03-2018)
The API Stack Profiling Checklist (04-02-2018)
My API Stack Profiling Process (04-02-2018)
Sharing The APIs.json Vision Again (03-28-2018)
Nexmo Manages Their OpenAPI 3.0 Definition Using Github (03-26-2018)
68 Stops In A Comprehensive API Strategy Transit Map (03-16-2018)
A Visual View Of API Responses Within Our Documentation (03-14-2018)
Defining The Smallest Unit Possible For Use At API Runtime (03-09-2018)
Capital One DevExchange Provides An Important Banking API Blueprint (03-06-2018)
Using Jekyll And OpenAPI To Evolve My API Documentation And Storytelling (02-16-2018)
A Summary Of AWS API Gateway As An API Deployment and Management Solution (02-14-2018)
AWS API Gateway OpenAPI Vendor Extensions (01-19-2018)
API Life Cycle Basics: Documentation (01-11-2018)
API Transit - The Basics (01-02-2018)
I Can Keep Evangelizing The Same API Stories For The Next Decade In Government (11-10-2017)
My Response On The Department Of Veterans Affairs (VA) RFI For The Lighthouse (10-26-2017)
The API Portal Outline For A Project I Am Working On (10-24-2017)
The Basics Of API Management (10-16-2017)
Communication Strategy Filler Using Sections Of Your API Documentation (10-09-2017)
Sharing Top Sections From Your API Documentation As Part Of Your (10-04-2017)
Getting Beyond OpenAPI Being About API Documentation (09-21-2017)
A New Minimum Viable Documentation(MVD) Jekyll Template For APIs (09-05-2017)
The 85 Stops Along The API Lifecycle That I Track On (08-16-2017)
Some Microservice Thoughts Around My Human Services API Work (08-14-2017)
Link Relation Types for APIs (08-11-2017)
About (08-11-2017)
State of APIs In The Federal Government (07-27-2017)
I Have Two APIs I Am Interested In And I Am Not A Developer--What Do I Do? (06-28-2017)
The GSA API Standards With A Working Prototype API And Portal (06-14-2017)
API Documentation From SDK Bridge (06-02-2017)
Simple APIs With Jekyll And Github With Data Managed Via Google Spreadsheets (05-10-2017)
The List Of API Signals I Track On In My API Stack Research (05-09-2017)
OpenAPI-Driven Documentation For Your API With ReDoc (05-08-2017)
Where Do I Start With APIs? Your Existing Software Usage! (04-28-2017)
How I Can Help Make Sure Your API Is Ready For Use (04-21-2017)
An Introduction To Github For API Providers (04-10-2017)
The Three Layers Of API Hype (03-09-2017)
A Framework For Our All Day API Discussion (03-08-2017)
Getting Back To Work On My OpenAPI Toolbox (03-02-2017)
My Developer Portal Checklist For A Human Services API (03-02-2017)
Mapping Github Topics To My API Evangelist Research (03-01-2017)
Box's Seamless Approach To API Documentation (02-14-2017)
API Life(middleware)Cycle API (02-14-2017)
API Definitions, Documentation And Hypermedia (02-06-2017)
Patent #20150363171: Generating Virtualized API From Narrative API Documentation (01-17-2017)
What I Learned Crafting API Definitions For 66 Of The Amazon Web Services (01-05-2017)
Are API Docs & Definition Formats A Single Thing Or Separate? (10-18-2016)
Defining OAuth Scope Inline Within The API Documentation (10-17-2016)
Providing Inline API Documentation Within Your SaaS User Interface (10-06-2016)
Identifying The Important Work From The @SunlightFoundation I Would Like To See Live On (09-23-2016)
My Forkable Minimum API Portal Definition (09-19-2016)
Standardizing API Documentation For Use Across The API Lifecycle (09-16-2016)
A Look At The State Of API Documentation Solutions (09-16-2016)
The General Bikeshare Feed Specification (09-13-2016)
Add A Prominent Icon Link To Your API Definition On Your Documentation Page (08-29-2016)
I Am Digging Stripes New Interactive API Documentation Walkthrough (08-26-2016)
A Wicked (Good) Open Source API Deployment And Management Stack (08-24-2016)
Delivering API Docs Using OpenAPI Spec Driven Templates For Angular (08-22-2016)
The Support Flow Over At The Microsoft Excel API (08-17-2016)
Uses And Disclosures Of Protected Health Information (45 CFR 164.502) (08-03-2016)
Making Scientific Research More Real Time And Collaborative Using APIs (08-03-2016)
Slack Meets The Minimum Viable API Platform Requirements (04-25-2016)
Sizing Up The i.Materialise 3D Printing API With My Minimum Viable API Operations Definition (04-21-2016)
My API Life Cycle Research From Design To Deprecation (04-08-2016)
I Have An API, Now I Need Some Help to Identify What Is Needed To Manage My API Presence (04-07-2016)
Gathering My Thoughts About Open Referral And The Human Services API (03-31-2016)
It Would Be Nice To Have Some Simpler Interactive API Documentation In Addition To What We Have Now (03-07-2016)
What Is APIs.json? And What Is Next For the API Discovery Format? (02-25-2016)
Adopta.Agency Data And API (02-24-2016)
Embedding Your Language SDK(s) In Your Apiary Documentation Using APIMATIC (01-27-2016)
A New Open Source Interactive API Documentation From Folks Over At Lucybot (01-25-2016)
Just The Best Parts Of The API Documentation Please (01-13-2016)
How Are We Going To Create The Standard And Poors And Moodys For The API Economy? (10-31-2015)
API Visualization Exploration Using API Definitions (10-29-2015)
Where Do I Start With The Storytelling Drumbeat For Our API? (10-26-2015)
Successful Patterns For Multi-Lingual APIs and Documentation (10-24-2015)
API PLUG, A New Containerized API Design, Deployment, and Documentation Solution (10-23-2015)
An API For Finding Government Websites That Do Not End In .gov (10-16-2015)
Updating My Research To Include 48 Universities With Publicly Available API Efforts (07-29-2015)
Taking A Look At Whats Next For The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Envirofacts Data Service API (07-25-2015)
A Complete (Enough) API Definition To Move On and Profile The Next API in The Stack (07-06-2015)
Tightening Up The Organizations That Are Included In My API Design Research (06-30-2015)
The Responsive Swagger Driven Version of Slate API Documentation I Was Looking For (06-27-2015)
The Over 30 APIs I Depend On To Run API Evangelist (06-23-2015)
Making My API Projects Forkable, Sharable In An IDE, Using Codenvy And APIs.json (06-21-2015)
API Integration, Aggregation, Organization, and Reciprocity with Cloud Elements (06-10-2015)
The Technology, Business, and Politics of APIs Via A Community Driven API Life Cycle (04-29-2015)
Weekly API.Report For April 20th, 2015 (04-20-2015)
Weekly API.Report For April 13th, 2015 (04-13-2015)
My Minimum Viable API Footprint Definition (04-10-2015)
Working Toward An API Definition Driven, SEO, and Section 508 Compliant API Documentation Interface (04-09-2015)
Weekly API.Report For April 6th, 2015 (04-06-2015)
Quantifying The Community Around The Swagger API Specification (03-30-2015)
Making Sure My API Roundup Stories Are Machine Readable By Designing Them As APIs.json Collections (03-04-2015)
My Brain Dump On An API Definition Fueled Life Cycle (02-23-2015)
Weekly API.Report For February 20th, 2015 (02-21-2015)
Static HTML Documentation Generated From Machine Readable API Blueprint Definitions Using Aglio (02-03-2015)
We Need Better API Documentation And UI Deployment Options (02-02-2015)
Providing An oAuth Signature Generator Inline In Documentation (01-08-2015)
Adding Rate Limits For APIs In The Documentation For Each Endpoint (12-29-2014)
Adding New Section For My Sixteen Basic API Templates (12-01-2014)
New API Management Providers: Clean, Modern API Portals With ReadMe (11-03-2014)
Someone Please Build My Open, Interactive, Portable, And Visual API Documentation Toolkit (10-24-2014)
Dwolla Using Slate For An Evolved API Documentation Experience (10-24-2014)
Some Advice For The Enterprise When Beginning Your API Journey (09-19-2014)
The API Focused Dev Shop (08-20-2014)
Student, Instructor, Classroom, Class, And Course API Planning At BYU (08-14-2014)
Looking At 77 Federal Government API Developer Portals And 190 APIs (07-10-2014)
Low Hanging Fruit For API Discovery In The Federal Government (07-10-2014)
Building Blocks Of API Deployment (07-01-2014)
APIs.json API Property Types (06-30-2014)
"If I Could Design My Perfect API Design Editor" (06-25-2014)
Adding Data Visualization Layer to Interactive API Documentation (06-17-2014)
The edX API (06-09-2014)
What Are The Incentives For Creating Machine Readable API Definitions? (06-05-2014)
Another Strong API Implementation In Federal Government With OpenFDA (06-04-2014)
The Future Of Public Private Sector Partnerships Being Negotiated At The API oAuth Scope Level (05-14-2014)
Green Button (Energy) API Added To API Commons (05-07-2014)
A Rare Beast In Government, The Write API (04-25-2014)
Browsing The 261 APIs At Brigham Young University (04-23-2014)
ReliefWeb Is Tackling The Worlds Biggest Problems Using APIs (04-22-2014)
API Definitions: How Do They Model REST? (04-07-2014)
Common Building Blocks Of API Design (03-04-2014)
API Design Tooling From API Blueprint (02-27-2014)
10 API Commandments for Providers (01-31-2014)
What Are The Common Building Blocks of API Integration? (01-16-2014)
An API Evangelist Review Of Your API (12-12-2013)
My Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) API Project (12-11-2013)
What API Documentation Do You Suggest? (08-16-2013)
The Federal Government Deploys Their Own API Management Solution (08-02-2013)
Have You Checked Out Webshell Lately? (05-29-2013)
Interactive API Documentation With Swagger (03-21-2013)
Using The Crunchbase API (03-16-2013)
API Transparency Report as Essential Building Block (02-26-2013)
LearnSrout Says IlluminateEd API is Best Student Information System API So Far (11-30-2012)
3Scale Launches Open Source API Proxy Built On NGNIX (11-15-2012)
Version Control Your API Documentation with Github (10-24-2012)
What Drives Me Crazy When Integrating With a New API? (09-08-2012)
iContact Developers Area Landing Page Delivers (06-05-2012)
Thoughts For Federal Agencies About to Deploy Web APIs (06-02-2012)
Will a Self-Service API Area Ever be Enough? (04-17-2012)
"Automated Documentation for REST APIs" (03-08-2012)
Interactive API Documentation Now Available with 3Scale (02-15-2012)
CityGrid Places, Reviews, Offers and Advertising API Review (02-13-2012)
Why We Write API Documentation (01-28-2012)
What to Include in API Reference Documentation (09-20-2011)
Deploy and Manage a RESTful API with CodeIngiter and 3Scale (09-05-2011)
Conditional API Documentation (08-24-2011)
"Does API Value and Reliability Trump Docs and Code Samples?" (08-05-2011)
Mashery Open Sources Their API I/O Docs (08-02-2011)
"Twitter Launches New API Developer Area" (07-11-2011)
"Wisdom Shared from the Foursquare API Team" (07-09-2011)
"Mobile API Documentation with Mashape Documentor" (06-26-2011)
"Widget Builder Environment for APIs" (06-22-2011)
"What Challenges Do API Service Providers Face in the Enterprise Space?" (06-22-2011)
"Genability API Review" (06-18-2011)
"Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for APIs" (06-18-2011)
"Factual API Review" (06-17-2011)
Layer 7 Technologies Launches New API Portal (06-17-2011)
"Deploying Smarter API Documentation" (06-17-2011)
Hunch API Review (06-13-2011)
"Etsy API Review" (06-11-2011)
3Taps API Review (05-30-2011)
"Qwerly API Review" (05-29-2011)
Google APIs Discovery Service (05-21-2011)
"Phaxio API Review" (04-23-2011)
Freshbooks API Review (04-13-2011)
Sharper Developer Focus with Redesign (04-05-2011)
"Integrate Github Into an API Community" (04-02-2011)
"Simpler Twitter API Integration with Web Intents" (03-31-2011)
"Netflix API Review" (03-29-2011)
API Area - Common Building Blocks (03-07-2011)
OpenTok API Review (02-08-2011)
Stack Oververflow API Review (01-20-2011)
Google Maps API Review (12-12-2010)
Infochimps API Review (12-10-2010)
Evernote API Review (12-09-2010)
Glue API Review (12-09-2010)
Developing API Documentation (11-13-2010)
Amazon S3 API Review (10-29-2010)
Amazon EC2 API Review (10-27-2010)
USA Today API Review (10-27-2010)
How to Avoid Frustrating Your API Developers (10-13-2010)
Paypal API Review (10-12-2010)
Skype API Review (10-12-2010)
Google Documents List API Review (10-12-2010)
Delicious API Review (10-12-2010)
Yahoo Answers API Review (10-12-2010)
Digg API Review (10-11-2010)
API Documentation (10-09-2010)
Understanding More About The Web Communications Platform Respoke (11-30--0001)
Where Is The Open Source API Platform? (11-30--0001)
Weekly API.Report For May 4th, 2015 (11-30--0001)
API Management Using Github (11-30--0001)
A Review of The CallFire Communication Platform (11-30--0001)

You can find all of the blog posts I have written over at the main API Evangelist site, these are mean to just be for providing easy access to what I've written when it comes to Documentation.

Curated Documentation News

These are the news items that I have curated during the monitoring of the API space that have some relevance to the Documentation conversation and I wanted to include in my research. I am using all of these links to better understand how the space is defining not just their APIs, but their schema, and other moving parts of their API operations.

Tweet: Thinking about your API documentation? Excellent writeup by @zachflower on the killer components of API docs! (05-11-2017)
Components of Killer API Docs (05-11-2017)
The new Box Developer Console is now generally available to all developer accounts! (05-03-2017)
A curated list of free and open sources API documentation tools (05-02-2017)
Heres a great hack: borrow coding techniques for documentation (04-27-2017)
Elements of Helpful Code Documentation (04-17-2017)
API Docs by Request (04-13-2017)
The End of API Documentation As We Know It (04-12-2017)
Scribe Labs Google Docs Documentation Tool Released! (04-07-2017)
@readmeio: We've got Swagger! (03-13-2017)
Spring Boot RESTful API Documentation With Swagger 2 (03-06-2017)
Tweet: Convert #API documentation into formats such as Swagger, API Blueprint, and RAML from within Postman. Read the blog: (02-17-2017)
Tweet: Docs are up - Your API could be covered by spec driven contract tests today - no excuses! (02-15-2017)
Leveraging API Documentation for Customer Support (02-08-2017)
Box Overhauls its Developer Experience (02-08-2017)
Use Automatic API Documentation Testing To Supercharge API Growth (02-08-2017)
Documentation-Driven API Design (02-07-2017)
Documentation-Driven API Design (02-07-2017)
Designing Good Static REST API Documentation (02-06-2017)
HyperTrack docs have moved from to GitBook (02-02-2017)
Agile documentation for your API-driven project (02-01-2017)
Announcing 2.0 Release of XML Documentation Add-On for Adobe Experience Manager (01-31-2017)
The Ultimate API Documentation Checklist (01-11-2017)
New Postman Pro Features API Monitoring, Documentation Generation, and Collaboration Tools (12-14-2016)
API Best Practices: Documentation (11-01-2016)
API Best Practices: Documentation (11-01-2016)
Searching CamelCased parameters in API documentation: how we handled it (10-21-2016)
Why machine readable documentation is key to your API?s success (10-10-2016)
An evaluation of auto-generated REST API Documentation UIs (10-07-2016)
Designing and documenting your API (10-06-2016)
How to create amazing API documentation (10-05-2016)
How to create amazing API documentation (10-05-2016)
New Stoplight Docs, a Stoplight API, RAML 1.0, 5x Faster API Docs (09-29-2016)
New Life for LoopBack Documentation (09-28-2016)
Announcing the new Docs Repo on GitHub! (09-23-2016)
Box Announces Four New Security and Governance APIs (09-22-2016)
Aglio: API Documentation Tool That Has It All ? JetRuby (09-21-2016)
Best Practices for Writing API Docs and Keeping Them Up To Date (09-19-2016)
3 Takeaways From Our First API Meetup (09-16-2016)
Implementing Swagger in your API documentation (09-08-2016)
Our Docs Are Now Hosted on GitHub (08-30-2016)
ASP.NET Web API Documentation using Swagger (08-29-2016)
A makeover for developer documentation (08-22-2016)
Share and document your API with Postman Cloud (08-18-2016)
What is the Difference Between API Documentation, Specification, and Definition? (08-16-2016)
Why You Should Let Robots Help You Write Your API Documentation (08-15-2016)
Web API documentation can be confusing to read (08-11-2016)
Install Gelato Integrations Directory (08-08-2016)
I hated writing documentation so I founded a company (08-08-2016)
Tweet: CloudFlare's JSON-powered Documentation Generator: (08-03-2016)
API Documentation "Almost" Done Right (07-22-2016)
Stack Documentation (07-21-2016)
Stack Overflow Documentation ? A crowdsourced developer documentation (07-21-2016)
Stack Overflow goes beyond Q&As and launches crowdsourced documentation (07-21-2016)
RESTful API Documentation SUCCESS Strategy (07-21-2016)
StackOverflow Documentation for proprietary web services (07-21-2016)
Introducing Stack Overflow Documentation Beta (07-20-2016)
Why Developers Write Horrible Documentation and How to Solve It (07-13-2016)
Presentation: We Need to Talk About Docs (07-12-2016)
How the Right Technical Writer Can Take API Docs from Good to Great (06-21-2016)
OpenGLAM Documentation updated (05-12-2016)
API Documentation Matters More than Performance and Functionality (05-06-2016)
API Views With OpenAPI Spec And Liquid (05-04-2016)
MSDN/TechNet Being Open Sourced as (05-03-2016)
Introducing the Postmark API Explorer (04-28-2016)
Simplifying API documentation for a great first user experience (04-25-2016)
Get Around Dev Docs Faster (04-15-2016)
Jennifer Rondeau on the mix of grammar and tech in API documentation (04-13-2016)
Providing Specialized Views Of An API Surface Area Dynamically With OpenAPI Spec And Liquid (04-09-2016)
Further Simplifying My API Docs and Providing API Samples (03-29-2016)
Introducing the Google API Console (03-24-2016)
Tutorials from Twilio ? The new documentation experience from Twilio. (03-21-2016)
Further Simplifying My API Docs And Providing API Samples (03-17-2016)
API Documentation Needs to be Simpler (03-13-2016)
It Would Be Nice To Have Some Simpler Interactive API Documentation In Addition To What We Have Now (03-07-2016)
Docbox, an open source API documentation system (03-07-2016)
Best Practices in Action: The Best Buy API Query Builder (03-04-2016)
Meet the new Mapbox API documentation (03-04-2016)
Documentation First: A Recipe for API Success (02-27-2016)
Writing for Software Engineers: On Not Treating People as Code (02-25-2016)
REST API Documentation Using JAXRS-ANALYZER (02-20-2016)
Do You Publish API Docs Online for Availability to Third Party Developers? (02-18-2016)
I Am Liking The Modular Services That Are Delivering In Specific Areas Of API Life Cycle Like (02-17-2016)
Spring REST Docs 1.1.0.M1 (02-16-2016)
RESTful Web API Help Documentation using Swagger UI and Swashbuckle (02-15-2016)
REST API Documentation Part 2 ? Swagger, RAML, and Open API (02-02-2016)
A New Open Source Interactive API Documentation From Folks Over At Lucybot (01-25-2016)
Building Your API Documentation Strategy For SUCCESS (01-22-2016)
SpringOne2GX 2015 Replay: Documenting RESTful APIs (01-21-2016)
Documenting RESTful APIs (01-19-2016)
10 Questions Your API Documentation Must Answer (01-12-2016)
Just The Best Parts Of The API Documentation Please (01-12-2016)
Bad API documentation: Why, and what you can do about it (01-08-2016)
Indix Product API Documentation Enhancements (01-07-2016)
Document-API-topia (API Days Paris 2015) (12-16-2015)
Moving Beyond API Reference Documentation (12-10-2015)
The Utopia of API Documentation (12-07-2015)
HTML documentation for your API (10-21-2015)
Why API Providers Must Offer Solid API Documentation (09-13-2015)
Our Brand New Docs (08-11-2015)
The Responsive Swagger Driven Version of Slate API Documentation I Was Looking For (06-26-2015)
We Should Be Generating Slate From Swagger So We Maintain A Machine Readable Core (06-25-2015)
Announcing New Docs for Keen IO (06-24-2015)
Better Living Through Documentation (05-27-2015)
Using Templates for Documentation Driven API Design (02-19-2015)
Why You Should Use Markdown for Your API Documentation (02-19-2015)
Dash Simplifies API Documentation for Mac, iOS Developers (02-18-2015)
Why We Open Sourced Our Docs and How We Did It (02-18-2015)

These are curated as part of my daily work to understand what is happening across the space, and I regularly use them to track on what has occurred overtime, and include them in my guides, whitepapers, and other outputs.

Documentation Companies and Organizations

These are the organizations I come across in my research who are doing interesting things in the API space. They could be companies, institutions, government agencies, or any other type of organizational entity. My goal is to aggregate so I can stay in tune with what they are up to and how it impacts the API space.

API Docs

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National Park Service (NPS)

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Read the Docs

Read the Docs simplifies technical documentation by automating building, versioning, and hosting for you. Build up-to-date documentation for the web, print, and offline use on every version control push automatically.

Documentation Tooling

These are the open source tooling that I come across in my research who are doing interesting things in the API space. They could be companies, institutions, government agencies, or any other type of tool_anizational entity. My goal is to aggregate so I can stay in tune with what they are up to and how it impacts the API space.