Alien Worlds API Journey: The challenges of building a functional API toolkit for the world’s most popular crypto game
Progress thrives on collaboration, and APIs stand among its most influential catalysts.
Short for Application Programming Interface, an API provides convenient access to live and historical data in a form that can be efficiently consumed by various applications.
This aligns with one of the basic principles of web3 — composability, which is achieved by releasing the code as open source and encouraging others to use it in their own developments. Integrating an API into a web3 interface makes it infinitely easier to use, compared to the arduous task of extracting and analyzing raw blockchain data. It encourages the community to express their creativity by reducing the number of technical issues they need to work out. It also helps build websites that require a much smaller bandwidth, creating a better user experience. In other words, a functional web3 API benefits the DApp, the community, the users, and even the blockchain it is built upon.
Of course, this only holds true if the API is technically sound and has addressed all the issues posed by the blockchain — and this is quite a challenge.
Here’s our journey in developing an API for Alien Worlds.
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