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Introducing Cadl: Microsoft’s concise API design language

There’s an advantage to Microsoft’s work at scale in Azure: It will find problems much earlier and solve them much faster than the rest of us. In the past, we may not have seen those solutions for years until they finally made it into Visual Studio tools. But now things are different, as Microsoft’s conversion to open source means solutions are designed in the open and shared with the rest of the world via GitHub.

One big problem is API design and finding ways to make all the APIs from Azure consistent. A modern API definition, even one written using OpenAPI, can be complex and large; some of Azure’s are several thousand lines long. Even with the same approach and guidelines, API definitions from different teams will emphasize different elements and offer different ways of working with similar functions.

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