Ask most developers to explain how to create an API, and they’ll probably give you an answer that focuses on writing a specification and/or implementation. That answer wouldn’t be wrong, exactly. Specifications and implementations are certainly among the core components of APIs.
However, designing and implementing modern APIs requires attention to much more than these components alone. Due to the way in which APIs have evolved over the past decade—as well as the importance APIs have assumed not just for software development, but also for functions that span all parts of the business—today’s developers need to think far beyond the most basic API components to build and manage APIs that are optimized for the needs of all stakeholders.
Read the full post on the VMware Security blog to learn about all the components and processes that go into building a successful API today.