What is API-First?
API first development prioritizes building well-designed, architected and robust APIs before building the applications that consume them or a platform for using them.
More companies are choosing an API-first approach to development where the design, implementation, and documented happen before the application is launched. This approach treats the API user as the primary user of your application first.
Why API-First Development Works
The API-first strategy allows the website and applications to be built on top of the same basic conditions, which means you have greater flexibility. For resellers of a software product who want to white label your technology, the API-first approach makes implementation much smoother. It helps to focus on the design of the architecture first, rather than on the presentation. And that enforces a complete, responsive, and well-documented API.
“Over the past decade their have been a number of different web development paradigms. As the craft of web development has evolved, so have the ways of designing and structuring software architecture. API-First design is an approach to software development that emphasizes building components of your application as APIs.” - Mashape
Why API-First for an SMS Platform?
Built API Strong
APIs are, in many ways, the building blocks of our digital economy. An SMS API is no different, in this way, from other software systems. There are many moving parts to SMS management technology. It needs to be easily broken down into its parts so that developers can understand, program, and maintain the system. With this in mind, API-first design is like a formal separation of the front end from the back end. The platform can interact with the backend through a well defined SMS API. By separating data from system logic and logic from presentation, the code architecture is stronger and it reduces problems.
Flexibility with Multiple Data Sources
Modern web practices allow us to connect multiple APIs to make a powerful system move fast. And as needs change, so can the platform. If you are switching to a new CRM system, then it is updated by simply updating, adding or removing an API call. Smart customers are demanding for all of web products to have web-based services or RESTful [representational state transfer] APIs in and out of them to address this need.
3seventy’s SMS Platform
Built with an API-first development strategy, 3seventy’s SMS API and SMS platform use a RESTful API. With more than 47 endpoints in this SMS API, clients and resellers can leverage all of the functions of the platform in collaboration with other platform – integration is easy.
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