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eBay Provides OpenAPI Specification (OAS) for All its RESTful Public APIs

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Today, eBay announced that they are leveraging the OpenAPI Specification (OAS) for all of its RESTful public APIs. With OpenAPI, developers can download an eBay OpenAPI contract, generate code and successfully call an eBay API in minutes. APIs play a critical role in eBay’s Developer Ecosystem helping the company build and deliver the best experiences to its buyers and sellers.

“The move to using the OpenAPI Specification was an unanimous choice given our needs and knowledge of the incredible ecosystem of developers that surround OpenAPI,” said Gail Frederick, GM of eBay Portland and VP Developer Ecosystem at eBay. “The OpenAPI Specification is the de facto standard for describing APIs and plays a critical role in the new microservices-based architecture at eBay.”

As a member and chairperson of the of the OpenAPI Initiative, I see more and more companies moving to distributed and microservice-based architectures as the need to build quality experiences for users and ship products or services to market faster is a linchpin to any business’ success. Technologies and tools created to support this transition are largely built from open collaboration, spanning application development technologies like Node.js to container orchestration like Kubernetes. Since APIs are the “glue” between distributed components, the OAS standard plays a central part in this transition.

This was definitely the case with eBay. As eBay transitioned from a monolithic and centralized architecture to a distributed microservice architecture, the company needed to evolve the way service contracts were explored, tested, published, and integrated with API specifications.

The company had a set of needs for this transition:

API contracts would need to meet the needs of seamless exploration and integration across a diverse technology stack, be industry standard, and be feature rich to complement our Technical Standards and governance models necessitated the exploration for a new specification.

The primary criteria was a specification that was both human and machine readable, language agnostic, vendor-neutral, and open source.

OAS became the unanimous choice due to its tooling support, fully customizable stack, code-first and contract-first approaches to API development, and most importantly because OpenAPI continues to evolve as a standard led by open collaboration from the OpenAPI Initiative. The move to OAS furthers eBay’s mission to its Developer Ecosystem to promote developer efficiency and productivity with no more SDKs and no more hours spent writing API client code.

eBay has been a member of the OpenAPI Initiative since August 2017 and one of the first in the industry to publish contracts based on OpenAPI 3.0 specification. We are very excited to see eBay’s continued support of our consortium, as well as other open collaboration projects, including the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). We look forward to sharing more around eBay’s success with OAS as well as the many users and members that make up our ecosystem during API Strategy & Practice Conference happening September 24 – 26 in Nashville, Tennessee. Learn more about this conference here, and keep up-to-date with news coming out of the OpenAPI Initiative here.

Join Jenn Schiffer at APIStrat 2018

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Join the OpenAPI Initiative and hundreds of API developers, strategist and thought leaders for APIStrat 2018 on Sept. 24-26 in Music City.

APIStrat brings together everyone – from the API curious to today’s leaders – to discuss opportunities and challenges in the API space. APIStrat sparks conversations between API providers and API consumers, startups and enterprise, developers and architects, and all types of integrators.

KEYNOTE SPOTLIGHT: Jenn Schiffer


Jenn Schiffer is an engineer, artist and tech humorist. Most people know her for her incredible strength and also for being the Community Engineer of http://Glitch.com at Fog Creek. She organizes JerseyScript, a monthly web developer social in Jersey City where she’s based, and built everyone’s favorite free online pixel art editor, http://Make8BitArt.com .

REGISTER TODAY

Whether your business consumes or produces APIs, this conference is the best opportunity to interact with the companies and developers who are pushing the envelope in API implementation.

We look forward to seeing you in Nashville

Join Cristiano Betts at APIStrat 2018

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Join the OpenAPI Initiative and hundreds of API developers, strategist and thought leaders for APIStrat 2018 on Sept. 24-26 in Music City.

APIStrat brings together everyone – from the API curious to today’s leaders – to discuss opportunities and challenges in the API space. APIStrat sparks conversations between API providers and API consumers, startups and enterprise, developers and architects, and all types of integrators.

KEYNOTE SPOTLIGHT: Cristiano Betta

Cristiano is a Developer Experience designer who helps companies small and large to improve their developer onboarding, activation, and support. He likes to look at great developer onboarding flows, analysing and documenting the best practices and pitfalls of common design practices. Although he has over 15 years of development experience he believes that at the core we’re all beginners at some things, and documentation and onboarding should reflect that notion. In the past he’s worked as a contractor, startup founder, event organiser, and developer advocate at PayPal.

REGISTER TODAY

Whether your business consumes or produces APIs, this conference is the best opportunity to interact with the companies and developers who are pushing the envelope in API implementation.

We look forward to seeing you in Nashville

Join Virginia Eubanks at APIStrat 2018

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Join the OpenAPI Initiative and hundreds of API developers, strategist and thought leaders for APIStrat 2018 on Sept. 24-26 in Music City.

APIStrat brings together everyone – from the API curious to today’s leaders – to discuss opportunities and challenges in the API space. APIStrat sparks conversations between API providers and API consumers, startups and enterprise, developers and architects, and all types of integrators.

KEYNOTE SPOTLIGHT: Virginia Eubanks

Virginia Eubanks is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University at Albany, SUNY. She is the author of Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor; Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age; and co-editor, with Alethia Jones, of Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith. Her writing about technology and social justice has appeared in The American Prospect, The Nation, Harper’s and Wired. For two decades, Eubanks has worked in community technology and economic justice movements. Today, she is a founding member of the Our Data Bodies Project and a Fellow at New America. She lives in Troy, NY.

 

 

 

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Whether your business consumes or produces APIs, this conference is the best opportunity to interact with the companies and developers who are pushing the envelope in API implementation.

We look forward to seeing you in Nashville

Join Kate O’Neill at APIStrat 2018

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Join the OpenAPI Initiative and hundreds of API developers, strategist and thought leaders for APIStrat 2018 on Sept. 24-26 in Music City.

APIStrat brings together everyone – from the API curious to today’s leaders – to discuss opportunities and challenges in the API space. APIStrat sparks conversations between API providers and API consumers, startups and enterprise, developers and architects, and all types of integrators.

KEYNOTE SPOTLIGHT: Kate O’Neill

Kate O’Neill, “tech humanist,” is founder and CEO of KO Insights, an award-winning thought leadership and advisory firm helping companies, organizations, and cities make future-aligned meaningful decisions based on human behavior and data. Author of 3 books including PIXELS AND PLACE: Connecting Human Experience Across Physical and Digital Spaces, Kate speaks regularly at industry conferences and private events, providing keynotes, participating in panel discussions, and leading creative brainstorming workshops for groups of all sizes. Her expertise has been featured in CNN Money, TIME, Forbes, USA Today, Men’s Journal, the BBC, and other national and international media. Kate’s prior roles include creating the first content management role at Netflix, leading cutting-edge online optimization work at Magazines.com, developing Toshiba America’s first intranet, building the first departmental website at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and holding leadership positions in a variety of digital content and technology start-ups. She was also founder & CEO of [meta]marketer, a digital strategy and analytics agency. Kate is a vocal and visible advocate for women in technology, entrepreneurship, and leadership — she was featured by Google in the launch of their global campaign for women in entrepreneurship.

REGISTER TODAY

Whether your business consumes or produces APIs, this conference is the best opportunity to interact with the companies and developers who are pushing the envelope in API implementation.

We look forward to seeing you in Nashville

The First Batch Of APIStrat 2018 Nashville Keynotes Are Up

By | Blog, Events

We recently published the schedule for APIStrat 2018 in Nashville, TN, and now we’ve published the first batch of keynote speakers for the event. We are pretty excited regarding the interest we’ve had in speaking at APIStrat this round, and the lineup we’ve managed to secure the main stage. Making for a pretty compelling set of voices for the 9th edition of APIStrat.

As we roll into August, we wanted to showcase four distinct voices we are bringing to the main stage in Nashville for this round of API Strategy & Practice:

Virginia Eubanks (@PopTechWorks)
Virginia Eubanks is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University at Albany, SUNY. She is the author of Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor; Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age; and co-editor, with Alethia Jones, of Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith. Her writing about technology and social justice has appeared in The American Prospect, The Nation, Harper’s and Wired. For two decades, Eubanks has worked in community technology and economic justice movements. Today, she is a founding member of the Our Data Bodies Project and a Fellow at New America. She lives in Troy, NY.

Kate O’Neill (@kateo)
Kate O’Neill, “tech humanist,” is founder and CEO of KO Insights, an award-winning thought leadership and advisory firm helping companies, organizations, and cities make future-aligned meaningful decisions based on human behavior and data. Author of 3 books including PIXELS AND PLACE: Connecting Human Experience Across Physical and Digital Spaces, Kate speaks regularly at industry conferences and private events, providing keynotes, participating in panel discussions, and leading creative brainstorming workshops for groups of all sizes.

Jenn Schiffer (@jennschiffer)
Jenn Schiffer is an engineer, artist and tech humorist. Most people know her for her incredible strength and also for being the Community Engineer of http://Glitch.com at Fog Creek. She organizes JerseyScript, a monthly web developer social in Jersey City where she’s based, and built everyone’s favorite free online pixel art editor, http://Make8BitArt.com .

Cristiano Betta (@cbetta)
Cristiano is a Developer Experience designer who helps companies small and large to improve their developer onboarding, activation, and support. He likes to look at great developer onboarding flows, analysing and documenting the best practices and pitfalls of common design practices. Although he has over 15 years of development experience he believes that at the core we’re all beginners at some things, and documentation and onboarding should reflect that notion. In the past he’s worked as a contractor, startup founder, event organiser, and developer advocate at PayPal.

We worked hard to continue bringing the leading API voices from across the space, but we felt it was also important to push forward the conversation on important issues that are relevant to the wider tech sector. We feel these four voices reflect the type of event we think the API sector needs in 2018, adding to the diverse set of personalities we’ve already brought together as part of the APIStrat session and workshop lineup.

Make sure you don’t miss out on the conversation this September 24th through 26th in Nashville, TN. Get registered for APIStrat 2018 today, and spend some time looking at the session and workshop lineup we have planned. We have more announcements coming so stay tune, and there are still opportunities to support APIStrat as a sponsor, so that you can help make sure the conversation that has been going on since 2013 continues.

We look forward to seeing you in Nashville September 24th through 26th!

We Are Extending The APIStrat Call For Papers Until Sunday At Midnight

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We have gotten the usual rush of last minute folks worried if they’ll make the deadline for submitting their talk for APIStrat in Nashville, TN this September. We fully understand that people are business, and the deadline may have snuck up on them, so we are going to extend it until the end of the weekend, to give folks more time to slow down a bit and think more about their talk Saturday and Sunday.

It is important to us that you can get your talk in. While we do make some exceptions for late talk submissions, they aren’t always accepting because they don’t end up being reviewed by the entire committee. So, we encourage you to take the time and craft up the best title and abstract possible, and complete the CFP flow available on the website. Once submitted your talked will be reviewed by our rockstar lineup of judges.

We are looking forward to seeing you all in Nashville, TN this fall. We know that you have amazing stories that should be shared with the community, and are looking forward to having you on stage at APIStrat. This 9th edition of the API community conference is going to be one of the best yet, and as always we are looking for the most diverse API stories possible, with a lineup of speakers to rival previous years. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to help shape the ongoing API story that unfolds across the industry, which is being shaped by APIStrat and the OAI foundation.

Only One Week Left To Submit Your Talk For APIStrat In Nashville

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We are fast approaching the CFP deadline for APIStrat in Nashville, TN. The CFP form will close next Friday, June 8, 2018 at 11:59 PM PST, leaving a little over a week to share you story with the program committee for possible inclusion in the lineup.

APIStrat 2018 is the 9th edition of the conference, and the 2nd one being hosted by the OpenAPI Initiative. Helping ensure the conference continues to be the place where you discuss the common practices, as well as ground breaking trends that occur across the API community.

How to Submit

To submit your talk, we are just asking you begin by answering three questions:

1. How will the audience benefit from your presentation?
2. Why should YOU be the one to give this talk? You have a unique story. Tell it.
3. Be prepared to explain how this fits into the API ecosystem.

After that we are looking for topics that fall into some of the common areas of discussion occurring within the API community:

  • API Design – The design of APIs following REST, Hypermedia, or any other common pattern.
  • API For the Greater Good – Helping ensure that APIs are making a positive impact on the world.
  • API Management – All about API portals, documentation, authentication, logging, rate limiting, and other management needs.
  • API SDKs & Clients – Looking at the common practices involved with providing SDKs and clients in a variety of languages and platforms.
  • API Security – Considering security practices for APIs going well beyond just API authentication and management.
  • API Success Stories -Looking to share some of the success stories from within companies, organizations, institutions, and government agencies.
  • API Transformations – Considering how APIs are being transformed, evolved, mapped, and turned into exactly what they need to get the job done.
  • API Testing – Taking a look at the monitoring, testing, performance, and other aspects of ensuring APis are doing what they should be.
  • API Usability – Thinking about how to make APIs more usable and friendlier to developers, consumers, and stakeholders involved in the API lifecycle.
  • At The Protocol Level – Diving into the technical details of HTTP, HTTP/2, TCP, and other protocols in use to deliver APIs in the real world.
  • Digital Transformation – Looking at the organizational and cultural side of how we transform our organizations to operate more efficiently in the digital age.
  • GraphQL – Taking a look at one of the latest trends in API deployment that focuses on the more data-centric delivery of API resources.
  • Hypermedia – Learning about how APIs are just the next evolution in the web, and deliver on many of the affordances we take for granted with the web.
  • Machine Learning – Understanding the intersection of using APIs to deliver machine learning, artificial intelligence, and forms of magic emerging on the horizon.
  • Microservices – Looking at how APIs are being delivered based upon specific domains of knowledge, ensuring that they do one thing, and they do it very well.
  • REST – Continuing the discussion around how REST can be used to deliver simple, usable API resources that leverage the web as a transport.
  • RPC Systems – Acknowledging that there are many different design patterns in play in the real word, and discussing the pros and cons of RPC implementations.
  • Standards & Definitions – Taking a look at the standards and common definitions that are being put to work across different industries, and organizations of all shapes and sizes.

That should provide you with a pretty nice menu of options when it comes to crafting your talk submissions. However, don’t let these topics railroad you. Feel free to think out of the box when crafting your talk. Each year we add new topics to this list, and maybe your talk will be the one that pushes this years list forward. Make sure whatever you decide to talk about that you are thinking outside your world, and make it something that the community will learn from, and be something they can take home with them after the event. While the subject matter, and speaker is important, ensuring that conference attendees go home with new ideas in their heads it what matters the most–make it count.

We Want to Hear From You

Ok, you have until next Friday, June 8, 2018 at 11:59 PM PST to submit your talk. Get to work! We know you have some amazing ideas to share with the APIStrat community. If you’ve missed earlier events, Nashville will be the place where you can make your mark. Head over to the APIStrat CFP form, and bookmark it for when you are ready.

If you have any questions feel free to reach out–we are happy to answer any questions about what we are looking for, and share stories about previous events if you haven’t attended before. And, we look forward to seeing y’all in Nashville this September!!

 

A Shout Out to the APIStrat Steering and Program Committees

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We are getting ready to close the APIStrat call for papers next week and we wanted to take a moment to give a shout out to the amazing lineup we’ve assembled as part of the steering committee, who are helping guide the event. As well as the folks on the program committee who will be helping review the talks submitted as part of the CFP process, and ultimately craft the program. These are the people who will help set the tone for the conversation that occurs at APIStrat in Nashville, and we are very pleased to have them helping out.

Here are the members of the APIStrat steering committee, playing different leadership roles in the conference, making sure everything gets done by September:

Steering Committee

Next up, we nineteen folks on the program committee who you will have to WOW with your talk submissions so that you can get on stage at APIStrat in Nashville:

Program Committee

Thank you so much to everyone involved. It takes a lot of work to pull together an event like this. Everyone involved is participating because they believe in the event, as well as the health of the wider API community. Once again, we feel like we have assembled a pretty amazing lineup of folks to help make sure APIStrat adequately represents the community, coming from a diverse range of companies delivering APIs and services to the sector.

While the primary roles for the event are filled, there are still plenty of opportunities to get involved. First, make sure you have submitted your talk–you only have one week left to get it in. Second, there are sponsorship opportunities available, and we need the financial support of the API community to be able to make the event happen again. Feel free to reach out, and we’ll see what we can do to get you involved, and part of the goings on in Nashville this year. Thanks again to our steering and program committee members, and we’ll see you all in September.

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