Explore These Top API Style Guide Resources

  • Anna Daugherty
    Anna Daugherty
    March 29 2022
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We’ve collected the best style guideline resources from across the web in one convenient place. Use these resources to plan out your next style guide for your organization’s API program. 

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Some Food for Thought

Here is a collection of thoughtful articles that explore the strategic need for API guidelines.

Author: James Higginbotham

In this article, James details what makes a great API style guide, how to avoid mistakes, and techniques to more easily achieve consistency.

Author: Ronnie Mitra

A fascinating look at how user interface design practices should shape your API designs. 

An accessible little article about the need for style guides. I like this writer’s voice.

Author: Jason Harmon

Explore a quick history of how API style guides came to be.

Get Into the Weeds

These more in-depth references will help give you a basic understanding of API guidelines and best practices for what to include. 

Author: Anna Daugherty, Stoplight

Author: Mahesh Haldar

Author: Matt Heusser

Author: JJ Geewax

Author: Mark Masse

Examples of API Guidelines

Find a huge selection of real-world API style guides in the links below; these come in handy when creating your own guidelines. 

Author: Arnaud Lauret

Author: Erik Wilde

Non-API Related Resources

These links share best practices about style guides in general, the inspiration for API guidelines. And who knows, you just might get inspired by reading them!

Author: Nic Evans

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