Apiary vs Magento: What are the differences?
Developers describe Apiary as "Integrated API documentation, prototyping and testing". It takes more than a simple HTML page to thrill your API users. The right tools take weeks of development. Weeks that apiary.io saves. On the other hand, Magento is detailed as "Flexible eCommerce solutions, a vibrant extensions marketplace and an open global ecosystem". Magento Community Edition is perfect if you’re a developer who wants to build your own solution with flexible eCommerce technology. You can modify the core code and add a wide variety of features and functionality.
Apiary belongs to "Documentation as a Service & Tools" category of the tech stack, while Magento can be primarily classified under "Ecommerce".
Some of the features offered by Apiary are:
- Documentation- Organized around resources, code samples with syntax highlight, easy to explore.
- Inspector- Users can make API calls through apiary.io, we show them how they differ from documentation.
- Community- Opensource your API documentation on GitHub. The right channel between developers on both side of the API.
On the other hand, Magento provides the following key features:
- Analytics and Reporting
- Product Browsing
- Catalog Browsing
"Easy to use" is the primary reason why developers consider Apiary over the competitors, whereas "Open source" was stated as the key factor in picking Magento.
Magento is an open source tool with 7.62K GitHub stars and 6.53K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Magento's open source repository on GitHub.
According to the StackShare community, Magento has a broader approval, being mentioned in 148 company stacks & 50 developers stacks; compared to Apiary, which is listed in 43 company stacks and 19 developer stacks.
From a StackShare Community member: "I just started working for a start-up and we are in desperate need of better documentation for our API. Currently our API docs is in a README.md file. We are evaluating Postman and Swagger UI. Since there are many options and I was wondering what other StackSharers would recommend?"
I use Postman because of the ease of team-management, using workspaces and teams, runner, collections, environment variables, test-scripts (post execution), variable management (pre and post execution), folders (inside collections, for better management of APIs), newman, easy-ci-integration (and probably a few more things that I am not able to recall right now).
I use Swagger UI because it's an easy tool for end-consumers to visualize and test our APIs. It focuses on that ! And it's directly embedded and delivered with the APIs. Postman's built-in tools aren't bad, but their main focus isn't the documentation and also, they are hosted outside the project.
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