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Why Hire Technical Writers for API Technical Documentation

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    The importance of an application programming interface (API) is especially emphasized in the digital world our economy now operates in. The numerous different applications out there mean that your software must be specific to each one. API circumvents this issue by allowing developers to personalize a user’s experience. An API does this by allowing different applications to communicate with each other. What this means is that whenever you are using a website to access information, an API takes your request and instructs the system to access whatever information you are requesting and present it in a certain way. To implement proper API usage is through API technical documentation. API documentation gives others the information needed to work with your applications. Because of this, having excellent API documentation allows you to reap all of its benefits. In this article we will take a look at the importance of API documentation and why technical writers are the best options for creating them. 

    How API Technical Documentation Impacts Your Business

    Going into more detail about API documentation can illuminate why hiring someone experienced with the subject matter can be especially beneficial. The primary function of API documentation is to provide you with the information needed to work with a program’s API. Thus, another business can find a way to integrate their products with your software, driving up business for your company. More precisely, API documentation gives details about the functions and usages, classes, return types, arguments, syntax and other parts of an API. It also lists out tutorials and examples to give readers a better picture of how to work with the API. Because of the breadth of the information available, API documentation is often found in a companies website or it has its own portal. This documentation is thorough and aims to allow users to integrate with an API as fast and easily as possible. So, with other software developers having an easier time integrating their products with your concise and clear API documentation, they can expect an easier time working with your application’s services. Other benefits of API documentation include a faster development time, and having a reference for any possible maintenance or updates in the future. 

    Technical Writers and API Documentation

    With API documentation, you are creating different opportunities for your business. Given the importance and potential impact of this documentation, you will want to know how to create the best possible API documentation. One option to consider is hiring an outside technical writer. The essential aspects of this kind of documentation is to cover all the necessary information on your API, while communicating it to a wide audience. This is because you want your software to work with a wide variety of products, opening up the scope for your software’s uses. These requirements meet the specific skills of a technical writer. 

    Essential Data’s technical writers have both the technical knowledge and writing skills necessary to provide you with the API documentation you need. Technical writers are trained to provide clear and concise documentation while also having the knowledge to go into detail when necessary. So, no matter what kind of your company you are, any software can benefit from API documentation written by a technical writer. An example of this is for a certain API, a technical writer can specify that it uses REST API, so they list out the various endpoints available, their methods, etc. Another reason to hire a technical writer is that you will have someone with their entire attention devoted to the job of creating API documentation. While one of your programmers can put together API documentation, they will also have to split focus from their other responsibilities. A hired technical writer has the time to gather the necessary information from any development teams, while also fulfilling any other needs for the documentation. By hiring a technical writer, you can expect API documentation that speaks to a wide audience and is a clear and thorough explanation of your API.

    Conclusion

    API documentation plays a crucial role in allowing other companies to integrate with your API. Hiring one of Essential Data’s experienced technical writers to create this documentation comes with numerous benefits. They not only have the writing skills to create clear and concise documents, they also have the experience with creating API, from knowing the process of gathering information, drafting a copy, and what tools to use to create API documentation.  So no matter what kind of software you are creating, you can depend on one of Essential Data’s technical writers for your API documentation needs. 

    How EDC Can Help

    Whether you need a team of consultants to produce a complete line of documentation or a single technical writer for a brief project, Essential Data’s Engagement Manager will lead the project from start to finish. At Essential Data Corporation, the quality of our work is guaranteed. Contact us today to get started. (800) 221-0093 or sales@edc.us

    Written by Stanley Chu

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