Re: API - Suggestions on Document

Subject: Re: API - Suggestions on Document
From: "Peter Neilson" <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2012 15:59:55 -0400

On Fri, 20 Apr 2012 15:36:43 -0400, McLauchlan, Kevin <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com> wrote:


We've always had C, Java, etc. APIs, but now we're coming up
with a product and an associated API that could be usable by
less techie customers ...

It's got to work on something like a cut-and-paste or dragon-drop paradigm. It'll need seamless operation, automatic detection and correction of impossible requests or missing or out-of-range parameters. If the naive (less techie) users have to write code, they'll need to be techie enough to deal with the consequences, and those consequences are rightly spelled out in standard API docs.

If they have to initialize variables, create objects explicitly, remember to destroy objects to avoid leaks, watch for dangling references, etc., then they are not "less techie".

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References:
API - Suggestions on Document: From: Roberta Hennessey
RE: API - Suggestions on Document: From: McLauchlan, Kevin

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