Letter from the editor

Letter from the editor

Letter from the editor
Part of
Issue 14 August 2020


Dear Increment readers,

We’re delighted to share our API issue with you. I’ll admit, we had more ideas than we could possibly explore in around 100 printed pages (if we wanted to keep the issue at all reasonably paced!)—but it was an energizing constraint. We’ve opted to share conversations on the impact, design, and context of APIs that we hope will energize you, too.

Working on this issue, I came to love the notion of APIs as more than a compact between machines, but a meaningful facilitator of them between humans. It comes through in most every story, from Anne-Laure Le Cunff’s piece about the role APIs can play in shaping online communities to Alvaro Videla’s reminder that our API design choices can be design tools themselves; Darius Kazemi’s tale of HTTP status codes to JJ Geewax’s practical guidance on versioning that helps us promise a bit less technical hardship to Michelle Bu’s generous, balanced approach to building APIs. Resonantly, Michelle writes, “When you delight a developer, you know you’ve created something surprisingly, meaningfully great.”

We’re always interested in exploring new ideas—not just for the ideas themselves, but for how they can bring us together around the proverbial table. We hope you might share some with us. Visit our submissions page to find out what we’re working on next and to send us your pitches.

Until next time,

Sid Orlando 
Editor in Chief

Thanks to our contributors for this issue

Editor in Chief

Sid Orlando

Associate Editor

Molly McArdle

Copy Editor

Rebecca Hiscott

Additional Editing

Emily Fulkerson, Oriana Leckert, Kate Lee

Digital Proofreaders

Lindsay Durango, Shaun Young

Social Media Editor

Melinda Fakuade

Administrative Assistant

Malachi Dofat

Technical Reviewers

Sebastian Bensusan, Dusty Burwell, Chris Dorros, Michael Glukhovsky, Tomer Elmalem, Suz Hinton, Franklin Hu, Romain Huet, Jennifer Hwang, Rémi Jannel, Ben Kirzhner, Eoin Nugent, Kate Taggart, Scott Triglia, Alex Trost


Michelle Bu, Jenny Choi, Tomer Elmalem, JJ Geewax, Darius Kazemi, Lucy Kerner, Spencer Kiser, Petteri Kivimäki, Jeff Lawson, Anne-Laure Le Cunff, Leemay Nassery, Chris Stokel-Walker, Alvaro Videla, Brett Willemsen

Creative Director

Justin Pervorse


Mercedes Bazan

Design Producer

Olivia Chernoff


Amanda Berglund, Fran Caballero, Alana Louise Lyons, Eric Nyffeler, Daniel Shaffer, Dalbert B. Vilarino, Jean Wei

Cover Art

Daniel Shaffer

Distribution and Logistics

Melissa Contreras, Bobby Kessner

About the author

Sid Orlando is editor in chief of Increment. She lives in New York City where she is friends with every bodega cat.


Artwork by

Daniel Shaffer



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