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However, API documentation goes beyond usefulness. It explains the reasons why it was developed, serves as a primary channel of communication between developers at both ends of the service, helps to discover new capabilities and is directly responsible for the popularity and implementation of the API.
In other words, a similar or slightly inferior API, or a capable API with a large volume of documentation will be more successful than another API with documentation that is scarce, poorly organized or difficult to understand. Despite the fact that developers are accustomed to working with multiple logical problems day after day, few things are more pleasant for a programmer than to implement user-friendly methods in an API or a service that helps them do their work.
High-quality documentation not only helps understand the various methods and possibilities of an API, but also guides developer thinking toward new previously unknown opportunities that improve their applications. More developers working on an API traditionally amounts to more available resources, given the larger input capacity of the same and may even result in expanding the development team.
Using BBVA API Payments as an example, we are going to list the factors that cannot be missing from excellent documentation, so developers can work comfortably, understand our proposals and expand the functions of their software to provide new features.
Links to references for each method and an explanation of the changes log so veteran developers can see what has been changed at a glance.
A detailed explanation of all their arguments, with specific examples of each.
It is not only a matter of showing what has to be introduced, but what to expect. A specific description of method returns, both correct and possible errors, with their corresponding solutions.
This is a safe and fast way to give developers a good idea about each method, which does not require any settings, requests for access passwords, registration or making a formal commitment.
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