Kin Lane

API Review - Scribd

I have been reviewing a lot of APIs lately. I"m evaluating their potential for integration into applications.

As I'm going through I"m also evaluating how they deliver their API community.

I was checking out the Scribd API tonight, and I like their delivery. Its pretty straightforward.

It has the following API building blocks:
  • API Overview
  • Sign Up for an API Account
  • API Tutorials
  • Client Libraries
  • User Authentication Overview
  • Usage Limits
  • Javascript API
  • Mobile and E-Reader API and SDK
  • Enterprise SDK
  • Help / Support
  • FAQ
They make it easy to sign up for an API account by providing links in navigation and on home page.

They provide client libraries in these programming language:
  • Ruby
  • Java
  • PHP
  • C# / .NET
  • ActionScript 3.0
  • Python
They just make it easy to get up and going by providing the necessary information and tools.

Its a good example to follow when deploying an API.