A mix of anticipation and dread washes over me as I open a new inbound email with an attached specification file. With a heavy sigh, I begin scrolling through its contents, only to be greeted by disappointment yet again.

The API request bodies in this specification file suffer from a lack of essential details, specifically the absence of the actual properties of the HTTP call. This makes it difficult to determine the expectations and behavior of the API. Not only will API consumers have a hard time understanding the API, but the lack of properties also hinders the use of external libraries for validation, analysis, or auto-generation of output (e.g., API mocking, testing, or liblab’s auto SDK generation).

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