Why use Swagger for creating and documenting APIs
Diana Maltseva Jul 9
API is the best way of connecting software engineers and sharing valuable data and developments. Through API, programmers access a network of shared pieces of code and useful experiences. However, to access them they need clear documentation.
Noteworthy that earlier there was not only industry standard for developing APIs, but there was no standard for documenting them. Swagger emerged as an approach to building APIs and soon became the most popular framework for this purpose.
Two years ago Swagger specification was renamed the OpenAPI Specification and moved to the Linux Foundation.
What's important, a Swagger framework is supported by such corporations as Google, Microsoft, and Atlassian. Also, giants like Yelp and Netflix have already used it in their work.
What is Swagger
Swagger is the largest framework for designing APIs using a common language and enabling the development across the whole API lifecycle, including documentation, design, testing, and deployment.
The framework provides a set of tools that help programmers generate client or server code and install self-generated documentation for web services.
However, there are many other frameworks like RAML, APIBlueprint, Summation, etc. So, how to explain the huge popularity of Swagger? The answer is that it offers a lot of advantages and besides creating clear documentation provides other great things.
Swagger framework tools and benefits
First and foremost, as Swagger uses a common language that everyone can understand, it’s easily comprehensible for both developers and non-developers.
Thus, software developers, product and project managers, business analysts and even potential customers can access API design.
Also, as Swagger is easily adjustable, it can be successfully used for API testing and bug fixing. Another important point is that the same documentation can be used for accelerating various API-dependent processes.
Swagger provides a set of great tools for designing APIs and improving the work with web services:
Also, find out how to set up Swagger and use it for designing APIs.