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Why it matters

The more you know about APIs, the more you need to know about the process of the API Lifecycle Management.  

What is API Lifecycle Management?

API Lifecycle Management is a phrase that encompasses the entire “life” of an API from beginning to end. Let’s put it this way, think of a human being born, working his/her entire life, then going into retirement. This illustrates the cycle of the life of an API. To achieve this process, one must understand the complex structure to comprehend the need for a thorough API Lifecycle Management system.

There are six stages to an API lifecycle.

  1. API creation: This is when an API is born.
  2. API registration: This is where the API developers register the APIs and they are registered as unpublished.
  3. API publishing: When the APIs have been successfully registered and tested, API developers publish the APIs. 
  4. API promotion: After the APIs are published, APIs can be promoted.
  5. API deprecation. When an API is deprecated, they are flagged for retirement. 
  6. API retirement: When the APIs are retired, they are no longer available. 

These are the specific elements that constitute an API Lifecycle Management in its full evolution.