M'colleague Charles has introduced me to the most spectacular phrase - "Time To 200". That's a measurement of the length of time it takes a new user to go from signing up to your API to getting their first
HTTP 200 response.
Think about the last time you started using a new API...
- Fill in a tediously long registration form
- Set up billing in case you go over the free trial limits
- Wait for a confirmation email
- Unsubscribe from all the marketing emails
- Find the quickstart documentation
- Realise it is outdated and consider raising an issue on the GitHub issues graveyard
- Generate an API key and configure all its scopes
- Install a 3rd party NPM library and a gigabyte of required packages
- Work out how to authenticate the request - hard given the tutorial uses V1.3.4 and you're on V220.127.116.11.1b
- Send the first request, and realise that you had to manually add your IP address to the allow-list
- Try again, but realise you need to sign the request with a unique timestamp
- Receive an HTTP 429 error for sending too many requests
- Have a pint
- Try again, get an HTTP 200! Success! You're a real developer now!
The above is only a minor exaggeration. Every time I sign up to play with a new API, I'm grimly aware of my own mortality. Every minute I waste doing battle with your incomplete documentation and dreadful attitude to new users, is a minute I could spend doing something more fun instead.
Please, I beg of you, optimise your Time To 200!