Community Driven API Code Samples and Libraries
15 Apr 2011
Sample code libraries
are an essential part of an API ecosystem. They give developers a head start when integrating their applications with an API.
I've explored the concept of letting your API developer community build code samples and libraries
. Doing this may create a more engaged community and give developers a sense of ownership and attachment to the API.
As I reviewed the Freshbooks API
, I noticed they have a very community-driven API code samples area.
Many of the client libraries and plug-ins
are built by the Freshbooks API community, such as:
Drupal plugin by Ryan Szrama. Szrama is an active member of the Drupal community.
Python client libraries by Matt Culbreth, a software developer in Marietta, Georgia USA.
By encouraging your API developers to build code samples, plug-ins, and code libraries, you can get necessary tools built for an API. But just as importantly, you're building community and providing a much needed spotlight for your developers. This in turn helps them be successful in their careers.