Generating the code for high-quality client libraries to access
services described in API Builder is one of our primary goals. API Builder
supports client generation in mulitple languages, and depending on community interest
additional languages can be contributed over time.
We spend a lot of time designing exactly how we want developers to
interact with the client libraries, and are proud of how simple
the current client libraries are to use and read. A few
specific principles guiding our work:
- Minimal Dependencies: Where possible, we prefer
client libraries that use native dependencies of web frameworks
(e.g. clients for Play Framework that require zero additional
dependencies). Where impossible, we take extra care to
minimize needed dependencies and to use the
most standard dependencies possible.
- Readability: Each client library is first written by
hand. We then automate the generation of that hand-written
client. The goal is to make the generated client
indistinguishable from a hand-written one. We will never reach
100%, but we believe we are very close.
- Single File: When you download a client from API Builder,
you will download one fully contained, fully functional
file. This makes it simple to either drop the file directly into
your project, or to build a library with the standard tooling necessary to
share the client.
Notes for Play 2.x Client
Notes for Ning Client