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Chapter 3: Documenting API endpoints

Last updated: May 28, 2023

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The bulk of API documentation focuses on the resources available (accessed through endpoints) and the data returned. API reference documentation usually includes five key sections for each resource: resource description, endpoints and methods to access the resource, parameters, request examples, and response examples and schemas. After learning about each section, you document a sample resource. You also evaluate and improve existing API reference topics.

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