June 29th, 2012

Upcoming Webinar: How to Run a Successful Hackathon for Your Open APIs

Hackathon WebinarHackathons are exploding in popularity and open API publishers are quickly realizing the power these intensive programming sessions have to attract developers. For API publishers, hackathons represent one of the most powerful means for growing an API’s profile and engaging directly with talented developers.

On July 12, Layer 7 will be presenting a live webinar called How to Run a Successful Hackathon for Your Open APIs. This interactive one-hour session will give you the key knowledge you will need in order to use hackathons as a tool for engaging app developers and building a community around your open APIs.

For this webinar, we will be joined by leading API evangelist and author Kin Lane who will deliver real-world advice on how to organize hackathons that will truly contribute to the success of your API publishing program. Click here to get more information and to register for the webinar today.

June 22nd, 2012

Designing Flexible APIs – Live Tech Talk on June 26

Mike AmundsenEach and every Web or mobile developer has unique needs. APIs have to be flexible enough to meet these varying needs.

Mike Amundsen, Layer 7′s new Principal API Architect, is an in-demand thought leader who focuses on the subject of how to build flexible, adaptable APIs. We’re very excited that Mike will be discussing this issue as our special guest for the next Tech Talk Tuesday event on June 26 at 9am PDT.

He’ll be chatting with Director of Client Solutions Matt McLarty and taking questions live. It’s not a presentation or scripted in anyway. It’s simply a chance for you to have your questions on designing flexible APIs answered live.

So, what does it mean to design a flexible API? Here are a few things to consider:

  • Employing the USE methodology (Usable, Scalable, Evolvable)
  • When (and when NOT) to version your API
  • Supporting multiple formats (XML, JSON etc.)
  • Designing the message format
  • Planning for re-usability
  • The power of hypermedia as a design element

I’m looking forward to a great interactive Tech Talk with lots of questions and audience participation. It’s a great topic and we have a great speaker to go along with it.

Don’t forget to add the Tech Talk to your calendar.

On the day of the event, join on Livestream or Facebook:

Submit your questions:

Tweet using the tag #Layer7Live
Email techtalk@layer7.com
Check-in & Chat through Facebook

May 28th, 2012

Gluecon 2012

Gluecon LogoGlue Conference, aka Gluecon, is such a refreshing event – filled with API and application developers, not a single suit in sight, demo pods, hackathons, spheros etc.

APIs are popping up everywhere and creating amazing integration possibilities. One of the coolest demos I saw at Gluecon was Ducksboard’s dashboard service, which lets you create your own monitoring dashboard using a library of widgets for existing social and Cloud providers. You can even create your own widget and have your own data pushed to it via an API endpoint created just for you, on the fly – so sexy!

Thanks to everybody who came to my presentation Making Sense of API Access Control. I hope this shed some light on how to leverage OAuth for controlling access to REST-based APIs. A lot of the new APIs I discovered this week could certainly use some help in that regard. API key authentication in HTTP basic without password has its limitations. The slides from Making Sense of API Access Control are embedded below.

May 24th, 2012

Forrester, ProgrammableWeb & Swagger: Upcoming Webinars

Layer 7 Webinars and Tech TalksThese are eventful times for Layer 7, with staff-members appearing at trade shows across North America and Europe. Notably, our CTO Scott Morrison has been undertaking what he’s termed his APIs, Cloud & Identity Tour. Somehow, Scott is also finding time to take part in a couple of the company’s upcoming Web seminars.

On May 29, he’ll be presenting our latest Tech Talk Tuesday meet-up, titled Swagger, WADL & API ‘Scriptions. This interactive session will take a look at the relative merits of different standards for creating formalized, machine-interpretable API descriptions. For full details on how to view and join in with this event, visit the Tech talk Tuesday page.

The following day, Scott will be reprising the recent webinar Identity, Access & Privacy for the New Hybrid Enterprise, featuring Eve Maler of Forrester Research, Inc. This is a special live presentation for the Asia/Pacific region (at 11am Sydney time/9am Singapore time). For more information, take a look at the webinar registration page.

Scott gets a break when Product Manager Dana Crane takes over webinar duty on June 5 for Getting Your API Discovered: The Secret to API Promotion, featuring ProgrammableWeb Founder John Musser. This session will explore a range of best practices for building a community of API developers. Registration is open now and you can click here to sign up.

May 18th, 2012

From the Vault: The Tech Talk Tuesday Archive

Layer 7 Tech Talk Tuesday ArchiveA few months back, Layer 7 launched Tech Talk Tuesday, a series of interactive developer meet-ups focusing on all things API, broadcast through the company’s Facebook and Livestream pages. We know it’s not always easy to catch a live event like Tech Talk Tuesday, so we’ve also been making recordings of the sessions available in the Videos section of our Resource Library.

We have some pretty exciting things planned for upcoming Tech Talks. The next regular Tech Talk will be a discussion of “Swagger, WADL & API ‘Scriptions” on May 29. You can click here to add it to your calendar. We’re also planning to stream a very special Tech Talk from the upcoming Glue Conference. Watch this space for more details.

For all the latest Tech Talk news – as well as quick-and-easy access to archived broadcasts – you can visit the Tech Talk Tuesday page on our Web site.