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Driving the API Lifecycle Forward With SmartBear and the OpenAPI

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Driving the API Lifecycle Forward With SmartBear and the OpenAPI

Watch a webinar that focuses on a definition-driven approach to API development, developer experience, and a faster time-to-market.

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The definition-driven approach to API development helps in delivering quality, consumable APIs at faster velocities. The approach is based on the API definition and puts the definition in the center of your API strategy, opening up a world of possibilities to easily design, build, test, document, deploy, and monitor your APIs.

The OpenAPI Specification (formerly known as the Swagger Specification) has emerged as the world's standard for defining RESTful interfaces at a time when the API economy is ripe for disruption. In this webinar, we discuss exactly why and how to use the OpenAPI Specification to accelerate your API development in various phases of the API lifecycle including API design, development, documentation, testing, and virtualization.

The definition-driven approach brings with it some great benefits that directly relate to a consumer-centric approach to API development.

  • Better developer experience (DX): DX is the aggregate of all the experiences a developer may experience, both positive and negative when consuming and integrating with your software. Good developer experience for API consumption is critical in a hyper-competitive API ecosystem. You can actually focus on the API consumer's needs beforehand. This allows you to have a developer-centric approach and ensures you cater to your end consumers in an optimal fashion before racing time and other aspects of the development.
  • Enables independence: This approach reduces dependencies between different teams working on your API, like the front-end and backend teams, or the architects, tech writers, and QA. This is because the definition of the API keeps various stakeholders aligned on what the API is supposed to do and how it relates to their job function. It acts as the contract between the APIs intended service and its functionality and ensures easier communication between them.
  • Faster go-to-market: Since dependencies are removed, different teams can actually perform their functions at a much faster and efficient rate. The hand-off process between teams is significantly easier, which makes it possible to release your APIs at a much faster rate.

The webinar below talks about how you can approach your API lifecycle better with the API definition. In this webinar, we discuss exactly why and how to use the OpenAPI Specification to accelerate your API development in various phases of the API lifecycle including API design, development, documentation, testing, and virtualization.

We cover trends in the API landscape that have led to the adoption of API definitions, like OpenAPI, and look at real-world examples of how API teams are using definitions to address challenges at each of the different phases of the lifecycle of their APIs. And finally, we walk through a live demo showing tools like Swagger Inspector for generating API definitions, SwaggerHub for designing, documenting, and developing your APIs, and SoapUI and ServiceV for testing and virtualizing your API, and AlertSite for monitoring the API.

You can watch the full recording below.

This article first appeared on the SmartBear Blog.

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