Accessibility and collaboration are critical for developers, particularly when it comes to working with APIs, and enterprises are willing to spend in a big way to ensure projects are managed well.
According to Forrester, in fact, API management spend on products will quadruple to $3 billion over the next 4 years, and there are solutions emerging that are positioning themselves to be developer's primary choice in the future.
Techstars alumni StopLight, for example, just launched its visual API tools, a modeling environment which hopes to bring more design thinking into API development.
While existing tools like Apiary and SwaggerHub require an understanding of specifications such as OAI, RAML, and JSON, StopLight’s model-centric approach means a broader range of people working with the API can contribute and extract maximum value. The impact is vast, touching QA, product management, customer support, partners, and outside developers.
The solution is built around three core features; API Designer (a collaborative API modeling tool), Prism Proxy (a dependency free API proxy built to manipulate HTTP traffic, and configurable through JSON files), and of course, documentation.
“I’m an engineer, and StopLight is the solution to problems I faced repeatedly,” says StopLight founder Marc MacLeod. “Before StopLight, best practices were very manual — with no easy way to document and test APIs in an accessible, collaborative setting. StopLight changes this paradigm.”