Posts Tagged ‘documentation’

High-Level API Documentation Considerations

When you’re building a Web API, you’re likely going to need to figure out how to provide documentation to your end-users. If you didn’t think of that when you started your project, it can be a real deflating moment when it finally comes to mind. Documentation is boring and tedious. It’s nowhere near as fun as code.

Because documentation is boring, most software developers will quickly turn towards documentation tools. It’ll be so much faster to write documentation if we can just build or apply some software to do it, and building a software tool is much more fun than just sitting down and writing.

Documentation tools have advantages over hand-written documentation: they’re easier to keep up-to-date, they can produce output much faster, and they can provide much better coverage with less effort. But, before you go looking at API documentation tools, take a step back and figure out some high-level details about what your documentation looks like.