Designing an API is neither easy nor cheap. Trying to create an API is definitely more work than releasing a product without any API at all. Still, in the context of “cluelessness,” the main message of this book is that with a proper API, you can design better systems while minimizing your own understanding of them. Properly designing and using the APIs of individual components of the system can improve the system engineering methodologies used to design them. Improving your system engineering skills is a way to maximize the benefits of cluelessness.
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