If you manage a set of code, take some time today to improve your flexibility by replacing a certain set of code with an API.
Common characteristics of an API
- A logical group of functions surrounding a task or set of data.
- A reusable system that is easy to document, and a joy to use.
- Easier bug fixes. Fix it once, and it’s fixed everywhere.
You might have a set of tasks or functions on a website, or in a program that could really benefit from reduced code duplication. Things like…
- Email systems. Do you send emails a lot? Reduce the work involved in sending emails, by writing a nice email API. $email->setSubject(“Hello!”); $email->setMessage($message); $email->setRecipient($to); $email->send();
- Formatting systems. If you have structured semantic data, waste less time formatting it by creating a slick formatting engine. Array goes in; formatted data comes out.$formatting->printUserList($users);
- Logging API. Create a simple system for you to write entries to a log file. Rather than complicated stacks of code, use a simple function call like $debug->log(“There was a problem”)