The View from #API360

It was my great pleasure to join our inaugural #api360 event in Washington, DC, Sept 12.  The Newseum was an ideal venue, offering a stunning cityscape view including the Capitol building and, of course, the Canadian Embassy.  The day kicked off with Gray Brooks of 18F giving an insider’s view of the widespread API activities taking place in…

DFTW – Decoupled for the Win

Decouple your service and avoid fatal dependencies It doesn’t matter if your service is “micro” or “oriented”, if it’s tightly coupled – especially if your service is on the Web – you’re going to be stuck nursing your service (and all it’s consumer apps) through lots of pain every time each little change happens (e.g. addresses, operations, arguments, process-flow). And that’s just needless pain. Needless for you and…

Louisville, Barcelona, APIs, and Racing

I recently had the privilege of participating in two API-related events: the Code PaLOUsa event in Louisville and APIdays Mediterranea in Barcelona. All within just days of each other. It was a great experience. April in Louisville The Louisville Code PaLOUsa event holds a special place in memory for me. It was there, in 2012, that I first began delivering talks…

Three Common Web Architecture Styles

When talking to clients about the architectural details of an implementation, one of the first questions I ask is: “What architectural style is appropriate for this Web solution?” It turns out this question stumps most of my audience. Not many system architects and developers think about it. Instead, they implement solutions using whatever components and…

Hypermedia Workflow Questions

Following a talk I gave about hypermedia APIs, I received a question from an Abiel Woldu on how to handle hypermedia support when the same backend operation is called from different workflows. Here’s part of the Abiel’s email: “Say you have an end point for validating address; call it /validateAddress. Now this endpoint is called…