Announcing Updates to the REST API Experience
This post was written by Jessie Huang, Program Manager on the docs.microsoft.com team.
Today, we are happy to announce the release of two key improvements to the REST experience on docs.microsoft.com:
- The preview version of the REST API Browser--an easy way to search and discover REST APIs developed by Microsoft.
- REST Try It--an interactive experience allowing you to try REST APIs directly in your favorite web browser.
Discover REST APIs in One Location
Previously, if you wanted to find specific REST API documentation on docs.microsoft.com, you may have had to look for it through our site-wide search, or use any of the navigation components on content pages, such as the table of contents. That may be time-consuming, especially in situations when you know exactly what you are looking for. We wanted to make that easier.
Starting today, you can discover Microsoft REST APIs in a much more efficient manner, from one centralized location - https://docs.microsoft.com/rest/api. Simply select a service from the dropdown to find all available service APIs:
Need to save a click? For some of the most frequently used APIs, you can always count on Quick Filters - clicking on one of them will instantly bring up the comprehensive set of APIs for a given service, for its latest release:
We designed the search experience in a way that allows you to find the necessary API information whether you know the exact keywords or not - or even if you don't know the service it's in! By default, we will search across all APIs documented on docs.microsoft.com. Only when a service is selected, the search will happen within the scope of that service.
Need to search for multiple keywords at once? You can do that too!
Try Azure REST APIs in Your Browser
Found an Azure API of interest, but don't know if it's quite what you need to help you build out your scenario? Worry not, because starting today you can try Azure REST APIs directly in your browser, on docs.microsoft.com!
All you need to do is press the green Try It button:
Once you select Try It for a REST API, you will be taken to a focused view, allowing you to experiment with different parameter values or request body. You can just as easily change the article context by using the Contents hamburger menu in the top left corner of the page:
We Want Your Feedback
There are many improvements we plan on implementing in the near-term, so this experience is by no means final, for example we will enable Try it not only for Azure REST APIs. We want you to tell us how we can make our REST experience better - just open a new issue, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
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