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Designing Delightful and Effective APIs

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An API is an "application interface" for developers; however, developers are quite the fickle crowd to design products for. 

Michelle Bu, product tech lead at Stripe, shares her tips for designing for developers. TLDR the main takeaways include:

  1. Get to the main value prop/demo-able product in the quickest time possible.
  2. Pay attention to naming conventions
  3. Make it simple to get started but customizable enough for implementation complexity.
  4. "User testing" is fundamentally different with API businesses.

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