Sciweavers

Share
VL
2008
IEEE

Usability challenges for enterprise service-oriented architecture APIs

8 years 9 months ago
Usability challenges for enterprise service-oriented architecture APIs
An important part of many programming tasks is the use of libraries and other forms of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). Programming via web services using a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is an emerging form of API usage. Web services in a business context (called enterprise SOA or E-SOA) add an additional complexity in terms of the number of the services, the variety of internal data structures, and service interdependencies. After altering existing Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) methodologies to address the unique context of software development for SOA, we evaluated a large E-SOA API and identified many usability challenges. Our findings are grouped into three categories: usability breakdowns deriving from the API design itself, from the client-side web service tools, and from the documentation. Prominent results include difficulties developers without business backgrounds encounter in navigating the documentation, and how existing code generators create APIs that ...
Jack Beaton, Sae Young Jeong, Yingyu Xie, Jeffrey
Added 01 Jun 2010
Updated 01 Jun 2010
Type Conference
Year 2008
Where VL
Authors Jack Beaton, Sae Young Jeong, Yingyu Xie, Jeffrey Stylos, Brad A. Myers
Comments (0)
books