Many people think about the design and development of software systems, including APIs, as something that is complete at the release date. This is rarely the case. Few nontrivial pieces of software are ever “finished.” Usually the initial release is just the first step in the life cycle of a software system. Hopefully, many subsequent releases will follow. This applies also to APIs. The definition of a good API is not one that simply looks fine at the initial release, but one that has survived several years and is still in good shape.
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