Swagger aims to become the de facto standard for APIs

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The popular open source Swagger API framework, intended to make it easier to deploy and use APIs, advanced this week with the release of version 2.0.

Swagger’s update focuses on evolving its JSON syntax, providing a human-friendly authoring format, and creating mechanisms for vendor extensions. Version 2.0 also features a Swagger editor and validation tools.

The specification has only been revised four times in four years, said Tony Tam, project lead for Swagger and CEO of Reverb Technologies, which offers a personalized news discovery app. The intent is to keep Swagger stable; thus, there have been few revisions, he said in an interview at the I Love APIs conference in San Francisco on Tuesday.

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