One of the most fun things we get to do at Apigee is participate in Hackathons. It’s a great place for companies (like ours or our clients’) to collect feedback about how developers use their products and what they want to build with them. We shot this short recap of what a hackathon feels like a little while ago — hoping it’ll convince a few of those that haven’t tried it to join us next time! Our next hackathon will be in LA / Santa Monica on Feb. 9
Last weekend, we tried our hand as competitors at AngelHack, an ambitious hackathon conducted simultaneously in four cities. We had a bunch of questions we wanted to answer, including:
- How hard is it to build an app in a weekend? What can we actually build?
- What can we learn about the current state of application development?
On Thursday, realizing that the weekend was almost here, we assembled a team of five motivated hackers from among our ranks who were willing to give up their weekend to see what sort of apps we could build on top of the latest and greatest developer tools from ourselves and others in this space. We began by outlining what we wanted to get out of the event in broad terms, such as "build a mobile app" as well as various technologies we wanted to try, such as jQuery Mobile, PhoneGap, and of course, our very own Usergrid.
Time for a quick recap of when and where you'll find us in the coming months. We will be in full force at GlueCon near Denver next week, with two presentations. Ed Anuff, creator of Usergrid, will talk about the perils of designing a massively multiuser app platform (Breakout 2, 1:45pm on Tuesday May 22). Sam Ramji, our VP of Strategy will talk about the balancing act of control & performance in the face of mobile devices and API-powered ecosystems (Breakout 3, 4:50pm on Tuesday May 22).
Web 2.0 Expo started up today in San Francisco's Moscone West. This Wednesday, 3/30, I'll be speaking with top Netflix engineers Michael Hart and Daniel Jacobson (formerly NPR) on succeeding in the API economy with "Punctuated Equilibrium, Celestial Navigation, and APIs: Lessons from Netflix and NPR." I hope you'll join us Wednesday at 9:00 am in room 2005.
UPDATED November 2011: Check out the second edition of the webinar - RESTful API Design.
It's been 10 years since Roy Fielding first defined REST in his dissertation on Architectural Styles and the Design of Network-based Software Architectures. Since then, REST is often held as the standard for usable, well-designed, easy-to-integrate APIs.
At the Cloudstock hackathon, I presented "Teach a Dog to REST," asking the question: where are all the elegant REST APIs we'd all hoped to see? While many claim REST has arrived, many APIs in the wild exhibit arbitrary, productivity-killing deviations from true REST. In...
Yesterday at Cloudstock (the "Woodstock" for API and cloud developers), I presented "Your API Sucks," a talk about what great API design and developer experience means and how to get there.