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Stoplight ❤️ the OpenAPI Initiative

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The OpenAPI Initiative is proud announce our partnership with Stoplight as a part of the latest class of new members.

In 2015, Stoplight took notice of the gathering community and the potential for the OpenAPI Specification (OAS) as the industry standard, and started building its platform around the specification as the single source of truth for describing APIs.  Stoplight has come a long way since then, and OAS continues to be impress under the stewardship of OAI. Stoplight looks forward to the future of OAS as the standard for describing APIs, and the exciting opportunities it fosters.

At Stoplight, everything begins with your specification. Once you have created an OpenAPI specification in Stoplight, you can leverage the spec to drive your entire API development process. Rapidly create contract tests, set up mock servers, publish API documentation with a click, and much more.

OAS in the Wild

Stoplight is taking its show on the road and are traveling around the US to talk about the OAS. You’ll find them at several conferences over the next few months. Come say hello and enjoy a talk given by their esteemed community engineer, Taylor Barnett.

Upcoming Talks

Upcoming Conferences

Assertible Joins the OpenAPI Initiative

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We’re proud to announce that Assertible – API and website performance testing and uptime monitoring company – as the latest member to join to OpenAPI Initiative.

Assertible enables businesses of all shapes and sizes to confidently monitor the quality and stability of their APIs, allowing for faster iteration and development cycles without compromising correctness in the applications. Utilizing the OpenAPI Spec has proven to be a big advantage for teams by providing a way to communicate the intent, functionality, and purpose of their APIs from documentation, to development, and testing.

“Today, I’m proud to announce that Assertible is the latest member to join to OpenAPI Initiative. We’re thrilled to be a part of the initiative and join the ranks of great teams working to pave the way for the future of the internet,” Assertible’s CTO Cody Reichert says. “As developers, testers, and business-minded people ourselves, we plan on sharing our insight and experience with the OpenAPI Initiative team, and importantly, representing a segment of the market that is often overlooked: testing and quality assurance.”

After working with hundreds of teams and thousands of developers, it became apparent to the Assertible team that adopting OpenAPI is advantageous for multiple reasons. By joining the OpenAPI Initiative, they hope to both give back to the API community as well as learn about more use-cases creating a higher quality web for the future to enjoy.

“At Assertible, we view the OpenAPI Initiative as a critical component in creating and sustaining a coherent ecosystem that will allow developers, businesses, and the general population to benefit, advance, and utilize the backbone of the web: APIs. Not only does the OAI provide a foundation for rapidly creating and integrating otherwise disparate services, it also advances the entire community, from creators to consumers, by providing a unified starting point for discussion and future development, which has proven worthwhile and unfettered by rapid changes in technologies. We’re excited to be a part of pushing the industry forward. Reichert says.

Assertible and OpenAPI

Assertible is pleased to announce it has added support for OpenAPI v3 and has been working with the OAS and its predecessor the Swagger Spec since the company’s inception in 2015. Currently, it’s possible to create a fully automated test suite from a simple, or complex, specification.

We plan on continuing to extend our support to include support for features – like JSON Schema, examples, and more – to pave the way for 100% automated test coverage using OpenAPI. If you have any thoughts or requests for extending OAS support in Assertible, we’d love to hear them.

Thoughts? Let’s talk!

Want to talk about how Assertible and OpenAPI can improve you development cycle, or have any feedback on us joining the OpenAPI Initiative? We’d love to hear from you:

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OpenAPI Initiative Community Day Schedule at IBM INDEX

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Schedule

  • PHASE I – Intro – 9-10:30
    • 9-9:15 Welcome
    • 9:15-9:30
      • Intros
    • 9:30-10:30
      • Ron Ratovsky
        • Intro OAS
        • New features OASv3
        • Future features
        • Questions
    PHASE II – Lightning talks -10:30-11:30
    • 10:30-11:00/11:30
      • Using Swagger for your OAS needs – Ron Ratovsky
      • And more
    PHASE III -11:30-12:45
    • Intro to specs
      • Jonathan Stoikovitch
    • API Fundamentals
      • Erik van Zijst
    • API tooling – Testing/Documentation
      • Joyce LinChristopher ReichertNicolas Grenié
    • How to contribute to OAS development
      • Marsh Gardiner
      • Ron Ratovsky
    • Implementation coaching
      • Michele Titolo
    PHASE IV – Wrap UP
    • Erin McKean
      • Be an OAS Evangelist

9:00 AM-01:00 PM | Tuesday, Feb. 20
Moscone West/Level 2, Room 2018
OpenAPI Initiative Community Day


Attend Community Free (Tuesday only) – With promo code [CD1OPENAPI]

OpenAPI Community Leads

Ron Ratovsky

SmartBear

Ask me about ...

- OASv3
- Codegen
- Contributing to the OAS

Erin McKean

IBM

Ask me about ...

- Convincing your team to go OAS
- OAS implementations

Jonathan Stoikovitch

Mulesoft

Ask me about ...

- All things API specs
- How to love OAS and RAML at the same time

Michele Titolo

Capital One

Ask me about ...

- API Design
- Contract testing
- Building tools that use the OAS

Nicolas Grenié

RedHat

Ask me about ...

- open source API designer
- interactive documentation for APIs
- imports from an OpenAPI spec

Joyce Lin

Postman

Ask me about ...

- Testing and automation
- API documentation
- Monitoring the health of my APIs

Erik van Zijst

Atlassian

Ask me about ...

- API Architecture
- RESTful design
- Hypermedia.

Marsh Gardiner

Google

Ask me about ...

- API Design
- API Management
- History of the OAI
- OpenAPI Spec evolution
- How to contribute to the OAS

Christopher Reichert

Assertible

Ask me about ...

- API testing (in a CI/CD pipeline)
- monitor for breaking API changes
- generate an automated test suite from an OpenAPI definition
- communicate API changes within your team

OpenAPI Initiative to Host Community Day as part of IBM INDEX 2018 DayZero

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The Open API Initiative is partnering with founding member IBM to host a half day of OpenAPI Spec events at the 2018 IBM INDEX developer conference taking place Feb. 20-22.

Bring your API, leave with an OpenAPI Spec! Experts and community members will be on hand for a four-hour hack space to help you create an OpenAPI spec for your API! Learn about the 3.0 spec, tooling, documentation and code generation, and more, and then create an OpenAPI spec for your own API!

Taking place the day before the start of IBM INDEX, affectionately referred to as DayZero is free event and the best chance for the API Community in the SF Bay Area – and those flying in to attend the full IBM INDEX event – to learn from premier implementers of the OAS.

The thinking behind DayZero of IBM INDEX was for big blue to take a step back and let the developer communities that make up the larger ecosystem we are a part and showcase the talent that is the magic behind the code. Best of all it is free, not only to the attendees but to the communities running the sessions.

We’ll see you on February 20.

09:00 AM-01:00 PM | Tuesday, Feb. 20
Moscone West/Level 2, Room 2018
Session type: Community Meeting


Attend Community FREE (one-day only) - With promo code [CD1OPENAPI]



Register here

OpenAPI Community Leads

Ron Ratovsky

SmartBear

Ask me about ...

- OASv3
- Codegen
- Contributing to the OAS

Erin McKean

IBM

Ask me about ...

- Convincing your team to go OAS
- OAS implementations

Jonathan Stoikovitch

Mulesoft

Ask me about ...

- All things API specs
- How to love OAS and RAML at the same time

Michele Titolo

Capital One

Ask me about ...

- API Design
- Contract testing
- Building tools that use the OAS

Nicolas Grenié

RedHat

Ask me about ...

- open source API designer
- interactive documentation for APIs
- imports from an OpenAPI spec

Joyce Lin

Postman

Ask me about ...

- Testing and automation
- API documentation
- Monitoring the health of my APIs

Erik van Zijst

Atlassian

Ask me about ...

- API Architecture
- RESTful design
- Hypermedia.

Marsh Gardiner

Google

Ask me about ...

- API Design
- API Management
- History of the OAI
- OpenAPI Spec evolution
- How to contribute to the OAS

Christopher Reichert

Assertible

Ask me about ...

- API testing (in a CI/CD pipeline)
- monitor for breaking API changes
- generate an automated test suite from an OpenAPI definition
- communicate API changes within your team

aapi, API Management Provider, Joins the Open API Initiative

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API management provider aapi joins as the 30th member of the Open API Initiative to coincide with the debut of their API portal announced on Nov. 28.

“APIs are reforming the digital landscape and OAI is enabling this transformation through the standardization of API language,” aapi CTO Timothy Arvanites said. Easing the connectivity of systems, the OpenAPI Specification is the foundation for the interoperability and simplicity of the aapi platform. We are proud supporters of open source, the Linux Foundation, and especially OAI and look to a world where APIs are made easy.”

aapi hosts an open library of over 3000 OpenAPI/Swagger files and its platform is designed to streamline API development and management processes by reducing costs, complexity and API learning curves. aapi was founded by Craig Lund, Timothy Arvanites, and Robert Phillips. Lund serves as chairman and CEO, while Arvanites is the Chief Technology Officer.

Open API Initiative Welcomes API Testing and Monitoring Company API Fortress as its Newest Member

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The Open API Initiative is pleased to welcome API Fortress, an automated API testing and monitoring platform, as the latest company to join the OAI.

“A major part of validating API quality is testing,” Patrick Poulin, API Fortress CEO and cofounder shares, “and that step can be almost entirely automated with a strong spec file format. We are excited to contribute directly to the OpenAPI Spec and continue to advance the API-driven economy.”

API Fortress, founded in 2014, is focused on make API testing and monitoring easier. Achieving that without diminishing the level of detail is tricky, but there is a silver bullet – automation. Using an OAS file, the platform can diminish the level of effort in building a detailed test by 90%. By joining the board, we hope to be part of the process in getting that to 99% for every platform.

“Thankfully, rigorous unit testing is now an active part of development. However, functional integration testing of APIs is often procrastinated,” says CTO Simone Pezzano. “It is always on the plan for next quarter, because the level of effort to achieve complete coverage is overwhelming. That is what we have been specifically working to solve, and spec formats like the OAS are how we’ve been able to get so close to full automation.”

Patrick Poulin
Open API BGB Rep
Patrick grew up doing construction, which was the family business. Throughout that time he found himself preferring constructing digital homes over real ones. He eventually started his tech career building the first mobile websites for Fortune 500 companies such as Target and Macy's, and is now focused on making companies take API testing as seriously as they take website and application testing.

IBM is a Platinum Sponsor at API Strategy & Practice Conference

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The API Strategy & Practice Conference is approaching – it’s taking place in Portland on Oct 31- Nov 2. I’m thrilled to get to go to another API Strategy conference, my last one being in Austin 2015. This time around, I’ll be speaking!

Brief introduction from me – my name is Sai Vennam and I’m a Developer Advocate at IBM. I’m a big fan of Node.js but also play with Java and Go quite a bit. I love speaking about technology that I’m passionate about; that especially includes APIs.

If you’re attending, be sure to check out my talk on Wednesday on “Building Serverless APIs for Modern Application Architectures”. In the modern era of software development, businesses are using the latest and greatest technologies like serverless functions. However, they still have to support legacy systems and software. I’ll be talking about hybrid application architectures that have spawned from these requirements and specifically how serverless APIs fit in.

Serverless is rapidly picking up traction and IBM is at the forefront of this adoption. We’ve been developing our serverless capabilities completely in the open-source as an Apache project – OpenWhisk. You can also take advantage of the capabilities on IBM Cloud Functions.

In addition to the session, I’ll also be at the booth with the talented Erin McKean and other fellow IBMers to talk to you about your newest API projects!

Did you know IBM is a founding member of the Open API Initiative? Learn more about the latest OpenAPI Spec v3.0.0 release.

We hope to see you in Portland! Be sure to come by the IBM booth.

Learn more about IBM Cloud : https://www.ibm.com/cloud-computing/bluemix/.

About the Author

Sai Vennam
IBM Bluemix Developer and Advocate
I’m a passionate developer with the drive to work on the newest technology. My position in IBM allows me to work with the latest cloud technology, such as Docker and Cloud Foundry. In addition, I actively work to enable developers using our cloud, IBM Bluemix, by writing blogs, creating videos and engaging online and local communities. I primarily work with Node.js, which has been rapidly rising in support; it is arguably the most popular next-gen language for developing web applications.

Open API Initiative to Present at the Open Source Summit Europe

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IBM and SmartBear, two founding members of the Open API Initiative will join SAP, one of our newest members, on stage at the Open Source Summit – Europe for a panel discussion: If APIs are like Snowflakes, How Do You Make them More “Standardized” – or Do You?

The OAI invites you to join this panel discussion to hear from industry leaders about the origins of the OpenAPI community, and the details of the new OAS v3.0.0 specification release, and the value of open community collaboration related to API development.

Register for the OSS Europe: OSS is a technical conference where 2,000+ developers, operators, and community leadership professionals convene to collaborate, share information and learn about the latest in open technologies, including Linux, containers, cloud computing and more. 

APIs form the connecting glue between modern applications and are used to connect third-party data services, public/private data sources, and other applications.

The Open API Initiative (OAI) came together over two years ago to seek to create, evolve, and promote an open description format for API services that is vendor-neutral, portable, and evolves under shared governance.

On August 7, the OAI announced the release of the OpenAPI Spec v3, completing a 7 month community effort. Born out of the world’s most popular framework for APIs, the prior version has over 18K daily downloads, over 3k know public GitHub repos, and 44 targets in codegen from over 250 contributors.

 

Meet the Panelists

Jeff Borek
Moderator
WW Program Director, Open Technology & Developer Advocacy, Digital Business Group at IBM
Erin McKean
Panelist
Developer Advocate at IBM
Ole Lensmar
Panelist
Chief Architect at SmartBear Software | OAI Chair
Harsh Jegadeesan
Panelist
Head of Product Management, Digital Transformation Services SAP Cloud Platform

Fostering Ecosystem-Driven Innovation, The OAI Welcomes SAP as a New Member

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The Open API Initiative (OAI) project is pleased to announce that SAP has joined as our newest member. The OAI community is working to establish an open source foundation for developing interoperability of APIs. SAP joins 28 current members in promoting a vendor-neutral description format. OAI is hosted by The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit advancing professional open source management for mass collaboration.

“It is a testament to the shared vision of the API community and the effectiveness of open source that Global 500 companies like SAP, IBM and Google can get together and collaborate on the OpenAPI Specification along with tool providers like SmartBear and end users like Capital One,” said Ole Lensmar, OAI project chair and CTO at SmartBear.

OAI launched in 2015 to standardize how APIs are described. The recently released OpenAPI Specification v3 defines the interfaces for RESTful APIs, describing resources and operations in a format that is easily discoverable and understandable by both machines and humans. For more information about the project and specification, visit https://www.openapis.org/.

“SAP is committed to openness and choice for our customers,” said Björn Goerke, CTO of SAP and president of SAP Cloud Platform at SAP. “SAP uses machine-readable Open API specifications for our enterprise APIs. We believe this fosters ecosystem-driven innovation on top of our SAP Cloud Platform.”

SAP continues its commitment to the open source community, having previously joined transformative Linux Foundation projects such as Cloud Foundry, Hyperledger and Node.js Foundation.

eBay Joins the Open API Initiative

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The partnership makes it easier for eBay developers to integrate with our RESTful public APIs and evolve their buying and selling experiences on our platforms.

For more than 20 years, eBay has been a leading marketplace, connecting shoppers to their perfect item from more than 1.1 billion listings on our platform and providing opportunities for sellers to grow their businesses. Today, I’m proud to announce our membership in the Open API Initiative (OAI). This partnership will focus on the OpenAPI Specification, making it easier and faster for eBay developers to integrate with eBay’s RESTful public APIs as we evolve the buying and selling experience on eBay. This opportunity leverages technology to make it easier for our developer ecosystem to create new eBay experiences.

The OAI is an open source project under the Linux Foundation. These software projects are independently funded and are geared toward harnessing the power of collaborative development across industries and ecosystems. OAI is the most popular open source framework for defining and creating RESTful APIs, with tens of thousands of developers using the tools.

As a member of OAI, we are continuing to tap into our developer ecosystem and grow eBay’s APIs, by expanding our developer community and encouraging building to creating a more integrated platform and shopping and selling seamless experiences on eBay. Earlier this year, we we kicked off eBay Connect with seven developer events across the world to give external developers insights into our platform and encourage their innovation. And last year, eBay Developers Program revamped our API platform with 13 new standards-based APIs.

This partnership and our new APIs make it simpler for our developers and sellers to quickly integrate with eBay and onboard all their inventory—part of our promise to deliver the most powerful commerce platform to our seller and developer partners so they can build sophisticated integrations to manage all end-to-end selling operations on eBay and easily scale their business.


Gail Frederick
eBay representative on the Business Governing Board
Gail Frederick is Senior Director of Developer Ecosystem and Services at eBay, where she strives to disrupt commerce with innovative ideas to create more powerful buying and selling experiences on eBay.