About the Book
API Specification is a whole world of tools, standards, and really boring blog articles explaining how some of the things fit together with some of the other things. There is amazing work being done out there on these tools, by people who are too busy to communicate how they work, and when they do it’s not something the casual reader can pick up in an afternoon.
This has lead to a situation where the majority of API developers have either never thought about API specification, or merely considered dipping a toe into but not quite had the time. Even the developers who spent some time looking into the a few years back might be surprised at some of the changes in the last few years which have turned the field upside down.
Just like with Build APIs You Won’t Hate, this book will take a non-academic, easy-to-read approach to some pretty complex topics around API specification, documentation, code generation, and a whole bunch more.
About the Author
Phil spent years developing websites with a bunch of languages and frameworks such as PHP, Laravel, Ruby on Rails, Python and EmberJS to name but a few. Over the years he has ended up writing handfuls of APIs and worked implementing even more. This gave him considerable perspective on the good, the bad and the ugly of API development.
Being a core-contributor to CodeIgniter, FuelPHP and PyroCMS has given him some insight on framework-interoperability - leading him to join the PHP-FIG, which strives to make lives easier for developers through standards and interfaces.
Now he uses this extensive and random experience to try to improve the quality of code in the PHP community, one package, book, framework, or API at a time.