Welcome to the API The Docs Podcast

Laura Vass, co-founder of the API The Docs conference series, hosts documentarians and other practitioners from all across the API world to discuss the latest topics, new learnings and best practices around API documentation and developer portals.

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Docs anthropology, and how to make content useful for the future - conversation with Portia Burton

17 January, 2024

Portia Burton, founder of DocumentWrite, narrates her meandering journey from biological anthropology to ESL China, through blockchain technology community engineering, all the way to content audit services.

Demystifying DevRel and Tech Writing - Discussion with Kruno Golubic and Katarina Šupe

27 November, 2023

Technical writing and developer relations are relatively new areas, and they have both grown out of a need for these specific skill sets. Kruno Golubic (technical writer at Memgraph) and Katarina Šupe (DevRel at Memgraph) explain the benefits of a successful mentorship initiative, the different definitions of developer experience, and the challenges of technical writing that set it apart from other disciplines.


Fostering an API-first culture in a startup environment - Discussion with Alex Akimov and Helen Kosova

25 October, 2023

From rapid changes to learning on the fly, startups face unique challenges that require creative solutions. Alex Akimov (Head of API Platform at Monite) and Helen Kosova (API Technical Writer at Monite) discuss how Monite’s API council supports the adoption of an API-first approach at the company

Empowered community through user-centered design - Discussion with Anthony Pichardo

25 August, 2023

With Anthony Pichardo, product manager at Visa Developer Platform, on the value of user-centered design and building non-zero sum environments where everyone wins. Community is not just an afterthought, it’s an integral part of strategy. The platform team conducts regular user research to gauge pain points, and constantly strives to minimize the learning curve to better serve the community’s needs.

Unified documentation hubs versus documentation islands - Discussion with Christoph Weber and Kristof Van Tomme

11 July, 2023

We explore how developer documentation hubs enable a unified information architecture, at least outwards: our guests Christoph Weber (Pronovix) and Kristof Van Tomme (Pronovix) talk about the nuanced, socio-technical nature of large scale documentation processes, the need for a central API docs team, and the future use of private LLMs.

Why convert from markdown to confluence? - Interview with Paula Cristina Vaz

30 June, 2023

Developers are the ones who know their APIs best, but they need an easy documentation process that wouldn’t be too different from the coding lifecycle to produce the technical documentation at scale. Senior technical writer Paula Cristina Vaz outlines the Documentation Framework at Farfetch, created to process markdown files and convert them to Confluence HTML. She talks about the page and document templates that help writers structure their documentation in a standardized way.