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#DX Should Be a Priority, Reveals State of #API Report 2019
As we make the shift towards treating #APIs more like bonafide products, #DeveloperExperience (DX) is only becoming a more prominent topic. Over the last few years, you’ve probably noticed a growing amount of literature, tooling, and discussion on the subject of DX. You have to wonder: is this just one big fad, or is #Developer Experience crucial to the success of your APIs?
Findings from Smartbear’s State of #API Report 2019 help put things into perspective. Smartbear’s insightful report — with data from over 3000 API providers and consumers — reveals that Developer Experience is more important than we might think. In this summary, we’ll walk you through some of the key findings that lead us to believe DX should be an utmost priority for API providers.
#Developing Faster, Easier, and Cheaper
To understand why Developer Experience is so relevant, we should consider why consumers are using APIs in the first place. According to the report, the top three reasons for consuming APIs are:
1. Interoperation between internal systems, tools, teams
2. Reducing development time
3. Reducing development cost
These three factors are almost equally relevant for API consumers, with just over 50% of respondents voting for each option. Focusing on the latter two factors, this part of the report clearly demonstrates that API consumers are employing APIs to help them build software faster, easier, and cheaper (I would argue the three are inherently linked). By giving developers a positive experience with your APIs, you’re making it easier for them to do their job. Thus, they’ll be able to build faster and — in doing so — save money for the consuming organization. It’s clear that these are significant criteria when consumers shop for APIs. With good DX, you can be more confident you’re fulfilling them.
The Takeaway: API consumers come to you to make development faster and cheaper. Developer Experience can help them achieve this on a secondary level.
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