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ReadMe Recipes: Product Tours For Programmatic Interfaces

A few weeks back I wrote about how product combinations like Divjoy and CodeSandbox turn Low-Code experiences into Learn-To-Code experiences. But, in a world where more and more products and features API-First, can Developer experiences become Learn-To-Develop experiences?

The emphatic answer, from ReadMe, is "absolutely!" Their most recent feature - ReadMe Recipes - is one of those inventions that's so annoyingly obvious, you'll kick yourself for not thinking of it.

We're all familiar with developer documention, and - typically - what code samples look like within it. Most of the time we copy sample code, paste it into whatever IDE we're using, and completely wing it after that. Deciphering what the code does is an iterative process. Try, fail, try again.

ReadMe takes a different approach. Products like Intercom's Product Tours exist to help non-technical users quickly understand concepts of visual user interfaces. ReadMe Recipes is a similar product, but for technical - or aspiringly technical - users of programmatic interfaces (APIs).

If you're a code ninja, it'll save you time. If you're a code novice, it'll help you learn.

I love that Recipes are a first-class citizen. Each is embedded within pages of documentation, but a full list of recipes is also available at /recipes. For non-technical users, Recipes are a new starting point. A way to figure out what's possible before pouring through pages of documentation and code.

ReadMe share some great examples of Recipes in action. Ascend, Typless, and Sendinblue are already using Recipes in sophisticated ways, helping developers of varying levels of ability.

With Recipes, Gregory Koberger and team ReadMe have created something special. It's more than worthy of your upvote on ProductHunt.