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Short tech writing style guide for developers

Style guides are vital to successful publishing projects, but they are usually too extensive for casual contributors. After running a number of projects with developers rather than specialist documentarians as the main contributors, I’ve started using a short-form style guide, short enough to be read and used by people who don’t spend as much time thinking about these things as a full time writer does. The main version is published on GitHub, but I’m also sharing the current version here. Continue reading

API Linting Levels

I’ve been thinking about API linting lately, partly because I work on a tool for API linting in my day job, and partly because I get quite a lot of questions from teams wanting to improve their API quality. The “best” ruleset depends entirely on your context, where you are in your API practice journey, and how much you want to invest in the API in question. I typically use a 4-levels model of API linting readiness, and I’m sharing them so that you can find yourself on the map and see where you might go from here. Continue reading

Add OpenAI flags to OpenAPI descriptions

With OpenAI’s new Actions feature allowing you to get a GPT that uses your own API, many new doors are open. However giving an AI an access token the keys to your API and telling it to have fun may lead you to realise that one of the doors available leads to the empty lift shaft of overwritten data, or the bottomless well of cloud bill shock. To reduce the risks, OpenAI supports an extension x-openai-isConsequential that you can add to your OpenAPI description, to indicate which endpoints should not be called without a human confirmation step.

I’m not doing much with OpenAI right now, but I do plenty with OpenAPI and the question “how do I add this field to my existing API description?” is one that I can answer! What’s more, you can use the advice in this post to add other extensions or additions to your OpenAPI descriptions using Overlays, this advice isn’t OpenAI-specific, but it’s used in the examples. Continue reading

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Developer Experience in Open Source Projects

State of Open Con, February 2024

Open Source DocOps

FOSDEM, February 2024

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FOSDEM, February 2024

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APIs You Won't Hate, January 2024

Docs-As-Code, for Coders

TechMids, October 2023

Repeatably Better APIs

Treblle Hacktoberfest, October 2023