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What is role of a manager when designing an API?

I have almost forgotten how it felt working on NetBeans at the end of nineties and in the early years of this century! Of course, it is more than ten years ago! Who should remember all the pain the project had to go through to settle on the rules for proper API design (as described in TheAPIBook)? But these days I am starting helping with Truffle and as it is young project (from an API perspective), there are still things that need to be defined. Discussing them reminds me of the early NetBeans days. Just yesterday I talked to my manager and I just can't help myself, I need to share some observations about manager behavior that I observed when working on NetBeans.


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