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GDS publishes its new design for technical documentation

The Government Digital Service has been working on establishing a standard design for its technical (i.e. developer) documentation. This content is for systems architects, developers and users of the GOV.UK platforms and APIs. You can see an example at: GOV.UK Platform as a Service Cherryleaf was given a preview of the new design a few months… Read more »

Policies and procedures as an API

Here’s a trend that didn’t make our list of predictions for 2017 – having company policies and procedures accessible via an Application Programming Interface (API). API is a term used to describe mechanisms that allow an application to access data or functionality provided by another application, system or service. For example, if your policies and procedures were… Read more »

Documentation as an API – the docsbot

In a recent presentation, Twilio’s Jarod Reyes and Andrew Baker mentioned their plans to make Twilio’s developer documentation available as an API. They plan to start with an API for code samples, stored in a github repository. Making documentation available as an API means means users can create or remix their own versions of the documentation. For example, they could… Read more »

Microsoft publishes its REST API Design Guidelines

Microsoft has published  its REST API Design Guidelines to the API community. According to Gareth Jones, Principal API Architect, who announced its release: “The effort got started from hearing two key points of feedback from customers: It should be easier to get started with Microsoft APIs – Developers wanted to be able to run the curl tool… Read more »