Gareth Smith, API Architect for Microsoft Graph, announced onstage at the All About the API Conference in Las Vegas today that the company just open-sourced its REST API Guidelines.
These guidelines represent a multi-year, cross-company, collaborative process aggregating the collective experience of hundreds of engineers designing, operating, and running global scale cloud services from across Microsoft; and listening to feedback on its APIs from customers and partners.
The company has attempted to incorporate those learning’s along with industry best practices in the API space to create guidelines that API teams across Microsoft use on a daily basis. It also said it hopes as a result of releasing these guidelines that:
Customers really were at the heart of this decision and they were saying clearly:
Smith discussed this during All About the API after talking about the company's new initiative, Microsoft Graph, which unifies the organizations disparate API strategy.
According to the company, The Microsoft REST API Guidelines, as a design principle, encourages application developers to have resources accessible to them via a RESTful HTTP interface. To provide the smoothest possible experience for developers on platforms following the Microsoft REST API Guidelines, REST APIs SHOULD follow consistent design guidelines to make using them easy and intuitive.
Smith also explained to attendees that Microsoft once focused only on business decision makers and developers. He said they now need to be drastically more inclusive - with a great API consumer experience which is much broader.
"Its not just developers but IT and ordinary end-users that need to use APIs," he said.
In addition citizen developers will grow as IT becomes more pervasive in the enterprise. Learn more from GitHub and Microsoft.
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