Code

Instructions for a computer program in any language that can be used to power APIs on the back or integrate, automate, and orchestrate on the client side, providing executable instructions that accomplish a specific business object, providing what operations needs to power information technology across an organization.

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Coded instructions in a variety of languages is necessary for both producing and consuming APIs. There are many views of what the role code has when it comes to delivering APIs and putting them to work, with many modern approaches evolving towards a low-code or even no-code approach to integrating, automating, and orchestrating with APIs. Code is not going away as a fixture across the API landscape, but how it is applied, and the overall role of the developer is rapidly evolving towards a more DevOps approach to not just putting individual instances of APIs to work, but also the underlying architecture that is used to operate APIs.

Related Elements

  • Client Snippets - Simple easy to apply snippets of code in a variety of programming languages for each individual API request, providing ready to go resources for developers to use when learning about how an API works, while also potentially jump-starting integration and putting to use in applications.
  • Client SDKs - The software development kits (SDKs) in a variety of programming languages that API consumers can use to bootstrap their application development and integrations, helping reduce friction when it comes to developers building on top of APIs.
  • Code Annotations - Language specific code annotations can be used to generate OpenAPI definitions for APIs in a variety of programming languages, allowing developers to provide the necessary information to create an APi contract from within their natural development environment, embracing a code-first approach to the API lifecycle while still ensuring there is an OpenAPI to be used for the rest of the lifecycle.

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