Good API design

Summary

[EuroPython 2011] Alex Martelli - 20 June 2011 in "Track Spaghetti"

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Description

Designing interfaces so that other code can interact with ours (whether our code is a library, framework, application, website…) is a very common and clearly crucial activity, but it's fraught with dangers - there's a lot stuff we all keep doing wrong time after time. This talk shows some common categories of API design errors encountered in the wild, with tips on how to avoid them when you design your next API.

Goals: to show you how to focus resources and attention to help avoid mistakes in API design. Prereqs: experience designing and developing software, esp. software which needs to interact w/other existing software.