OpenAPI Welcomes New Member High School Technology Services

By February 11, 2021Announcement, Blog

The OpenAPI Initiative, the consortium of forward-looking industry experts focused on creating, evolving, and promoting the OpenAPI Specification (OAS), a vendor-neutral, open description format for RESTful APIs, is announcing today that High School Technology Services (HSTS) has joined as a new member.

Why did HSTS join the OpenAPI Initiative? From HSTS:

Matt Zand is the president of HSTS that provides high school students and adults with coding and technology training. He also is running 3 community Meetup groups (Coding and Technology Classes, JavaScript DC and Coding Bootcamps) with 4,400 members in Washington DC metro areas. Through our live events and training services, we teach students how to build and manage API applications such as RESTful APIs and along the way we promote best practices for API design, development and maintenance. 

HSTS also collaborates with its Coding Bootcamps to offer more self-paced training related to API tools and frameworks.  Likewise, HSTS has partnered with DC Web Makers in building and implementing API solutions especially related to blockchain applications. Specifically, majority of blockchain data are stored off-the-chain where a secure and scalable open API is used for connecting and exchange data from on-the-chain network to the off-the-chain database. In short, in production of a blockchain application, developers need to design and develop several APIs, most of which fall under OpenAPIs projects. 

Through training and hands-on implementations of APIs, HSTS is planning to work on API specifications to design, prototype, and document the API lifecycle.

One of key barriers for API adoption is the lack of proper training as many small companies lack skilled professionals in planning, designing and developing their API applications. Likewise, API economy needs skilled people from all parts of the organization to collaborate. We believe with the advent of emerging technologies like blockchain and Artificial Intelligence, the well-made standardized – truly Open APIs will play a vital role in the IT operation and management of companies. Indeed, the more companies pursue automation best practices, the more they value the importance of API. As such, to achieve this, companies need to provide their IT team with latest training on design and development methods, and standards intended for APIs. This is how great APIs are built! In our journey of providing community with API training and best practices, we write and publish many hands-on guides (articles and tutorials) on our sites. To learn more about our training services, visit https://myhsts.org/

OpenAPI Resources

To learn more about how to participate in the evolution of the OpenAPI Specification: https://www.openapis.org/participate/how-to-contribute

About the OpenAPI Initiative

The OpenAPI Initiative (OAI) was created by a consortium of forward-looking industry experts who recognize the immense value of standardizing on how APIs are described. As an open governance structure under the Linux Foundation, the OAI is focused on creating, evolving and promoting a vendor neutral description format. The OpenAPI Specification was originally based on the Swagger Specification, donated by SmartBear Software. To get involved with the OpenAPI Initiative, please visit https://www.openapis.org

About Linux Foundation 

Founded in 2000, the Linux Foundation is supported by more than 1,000 members and is the world’s leading home for collaboration on open source software, open standards, open data, and open hardware. Linux Foundation projects like Linux, Kubernetes, Node.js and more are considered critical to the development of the world’s most important infrastructure. Its development methodology leverages established best practices and addresses the needs of contributors, users and solution providers to create sustainable models for open collaboration. For more information, please visit us at linuxfoundation.org.