September 30th, 2013

Workshops, Workshops, Workshops!

Layer 7 API WorkshopsOne of the great things about my job is that I get to travel around the world sharing API design strategies, experiences and theories with people who are at the forefront of our industry. These interactions not only make it easier to design effective APIs, they also have the potential to spark ideas that can lead to real business transformation.

But we aren’t all lucky enough to get these types of opportunities and it’s often difficult to justify the cost of traveling to far-flung events in the modern business world. If you’re in that boat, then it’s your lucky day: our Layer 7 API Strategy Workshop series aims to bring all the experiences, discussions and networking opportunities practically to your doorstep.

Over the next two months, Mike Amundsen, Holger Reinhardt and I will be delivering a series of free workshops on API strategy, the principles of good API design and the keys to designing an API that will last. In addition to core aspects of effective API design, we will discuss the emerging trends of developer experience (DX), the Internet of Things (IoT) and DevOps as they pertain to the API universe.

Our tour kicked off in September with great events in San Antonio and Los Angeles and it will continue through October and November with the following stops:

It’s going to be an exhausting couple of months for us but we’re looking forward to having some great conversations with our attendees. So, come out and join us during what promises to be a very thought-provoking and engaging series of half-day events.

September 13th, 2013

Nordic APIs

Nordic APIsIt looks like the remainder of September will provide a bounty of learning opportunities for those of you interested in diving deeper into API design.  To start with, Mike Amundsen and I will be continuing our Layer 7 API Academy workshop tour in Montreal and Calgary. In addition to our API Academy events, Mike will be hosting his annual conference related to all things REST with RESTFest 2013. I had the pleasure of attending last year and I highly recommend going if you are interested in thought-provoking conversation and ideas in the hypermedia domain.

On the other side of the ocean and closer to home for me is next week’s Nordic APIs conference in Stockholm (September 18-19).  I’ve been to a few of the smaller API design conferences that the Nordic APIs team has put on and I can say without a doubt that this will be a conference worth attending.  They’ve always done a great job of putting together sessions that will appeal to developers on the leading edge of API design as well as those who are looking for practical solutions.

I’ll be delivering a keynote presentation on a developer experience (DX) oriented design approach for APIs. My colleague Holger Reinhardt will be talking about the Internet of Things and Aran White will be delivering a demonstration of the Layer 7 product line. Of course, the great value in events like this comes from the serendipitous conversations that take place outside the agenda and Holger, Aran and I are really looking forward to swapping war stories with Nordic API attendees.

While I’m sad that I won’t be able to join Mike at RESTFest this year, I’m overjoyed at the reason I can’t go. I’m continually amazed at how much the European API design community has grown and watching the Nordic event grow from a few small events into a major conference has been eye opening. Not too long ago, it was difficult to find API design events to attend but now we are spoiled for choice. It’s a great indication of the continued interest in and growth of Web-based APIs.

August 9th, 2013

REST Fest 2013 is Coming!

REST Fest 2013It’s that time of year again! REST Fest 2013 is less than two months away (September 19-21) and preparations and are in full swing. Now in its fourth year, REST Fest has become one of my favorite events on the calendar and I’m very much looking forward to being involved with this year’s event.

REST is Just the Beginning
This year the keynote will be delivered by Brian Sletten. And – judging from the title (and my knowledge of Brian’s experience and knowledge) – it will be a great talk. We’re honored that Brian accepted our invitation and looking forward not just to his presentation but also the resulting converstations and explorations that are hallmarks of REST Fest.

Everybody Talks
An important part of REST Fest is the principle that everyone who shows up must give a presentation. The talks are typically quite short: a five-minute “lightning” talk followed by a short Q&A session. There are a few 30-minute  “featured talks”, too. But the basic idea is that we all get to talk about things that are interesting to us and we don’t have to make a big deal about it.

Every year, I probably learn more than 30 new ideas and novel approaches to problem solving and get to talk to the people who are coming up with these great things. REST Fest is a fantastic boost to my creative spirit!

Everybody Listens
The corollary to our key “talk” principle is that we all get to listen, too. And listening is, in my opinion, even more important than speaking. REST Fest attendees come from all sorts of backgrounds, experiences and points of view. The chance to hear how others view the Web space, how others are tackling problems and how others are advancing the practice of services on the Web is always an eye opener.

Less Theory, More Practice
And that leads to another key aspect of the weekend. The focus is on doing, not theorizing. We’re a decidely non-pedantic bunch and are usually much more interested in cool solutions than compelling theories. While it may still be common to think of anything with the REST acronym in the name to be a meeting of pointy-headed geeks, that’s not us. Each year, I get to see actual code solving actual problems in the real world.

We Hack, Too
Every year, we also host a hack day where everyone gets together to work on cool REST-related Web stuff. This year, Erik Mogensen will be leading the day. From what I’ve seen, he’s got some cool ideas in store for us, too.

It’s Easy to Join Us
Just as we cut down on the ceremony surrounding speaking and participating in a conference, we also try to eliminate the ceremony around signing up and showing up for REST Fest. It’s quite easy:

  1. Join our mailing list to see what we’re all about
  2. Drop into the IRC channel to chat us up
  3. Hop onto the GitHub wiki and create your “people page”
  4. Head over to the registration page and reserve your seat for the event

There’s no waiting to see if your talk was accepted; no wondering if what you’re working on would be interesting to some review committee. Just sign up, post your ideas and head down to sunny Greenville, SC for a great weekend.

Need More REST Fest NOW?
Can’t wait for RESTFEst 2013 to get started? Take a look at our Vimeo channel with all the talks from previous years. There’s lots of very cool stuff there.

See you in September!

(Originally published on my personal blog.)

July 10th, 2013

Chicago, Sydney, Melbourne, Toronto

Layer 7 API WorkshopsOver the span of about two weeks, I’ll be visiting four cities, three countries and two continents, as part of Layer 7′s continuing free API Workshop series. Along the way, I’ll be joined in each city by great folks from both Layer 7 and CA Technologies.

Layer 7 has already hosted lots of How to Implement a Successful API Strategy workshops this year, across Europe and North America, with content delivered by my API Academy colleagues Ronnie Mitra, Alex Gaber, Holger Reinhardt and Matt McLarty. Over the last few months, I’ve had the pleasure to meet dozens of attendees working on some incredibly interesting projects using APIs on the Web and on internal networks.

Each half-day event includes high-level summaries of the most popular topics from our Introduction to APIs Workshop and API Design & Architecture Boot Camp and – like all our workshops – each is highly interactive. Whether you are just starting to consider incorporating APIs into your distribution model or are already well into a live implementation, these sessions provide a great way to see and hear how others are approaching the same space and to ask questions about how you and your organization can improve the design, implementation and lifecycle maintenance of your Web-based APIs.

Here’s where I’ll be during the next two weeks:

  • Chicago – Jul 16
    If you’re in the US Midwest, there are still a few open seats for this workshop.
    Register now >>
  • Sydney – Jul 24, Melbourne – Jul 25
    I’ll be joined at the Sydney and Melbourne events by Layer7′s CTO Scott Morrison.
    Register for Sydney >>
    Register for Melbourne >>
  • Toronto – Aug 1
    This one will include a presentation from Layer 7 co-founder Dimitri Sirota.
    Register now >>

We’re getting great feedback from attendees, so if you haven’t been able to attend one of our workshops yet this year, now is a great time to pick a location near you, sign up and see what the fuss is all about. One more thing: If you don’t see a convenient location on the list, don’t worry. We’re already gearing up for our fall schedule and you’ll be seeing lots of new locations and content appearing soon.

May 23rd, 2013

Join Our Live Internet of Things (IoT) Discussion – Win a T-Shirt

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IoT-ShirtWe’ll be discussing the Internet of Things (IoT) during our latest API Tech Talk next Wednesday, May 29 at 9am PDT. Our special guest – Layer 7 Product Architect and IoT expert Holger Reinhardt – will be taking your questions live throughout the stream. And we’ll be sending every single person who gets an IoT-related question answered by Holger one of our nifty new IoT-shirts, for free! You can ask questions through the Livestream chat, using the Twitter hashtag #layer7live or by emailing techtalk@layer7.com.

The Internet of Things is a simple concept: objects being connected to the Internet. What’s not so simple is managing the enormous, almost sublime amount of data these connected “things” (vehicles, appliances…) generate. There’s also the question of how you give people within your organization secure-but-seamless access to specific subsets of data they can actually make use of.  Well, our man Holger knows how it’s done, so start getting your questions together and join our live Q&A on May 29.

Click here to get the full event details and a reminder in your calendar. On the day of the event, join us at:

And don’t forget, you can ask questions throughout the stream by chatting or tweeting. Alternatively, you can email your questions in advance and Holger will give you an in-depth answer on the day. IoT is a pretty hot topic right now, so this is bound to be a lively discussion. See you next Wednesday!