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- Pre-talk social time, start talks by 7:30

- Recap of last meetup

- Rules of engagement for new attendees

- Speakers

- API-related jobs available from members

- Post-talks social time


James Higginbotham, CTO, EvoSure


Moving from API Design to Deployment

Designing and building APIs extends far beyond the RESTful interface. It requires thoughtful consideration about how you will draw the lines between capabilities vs optimizations, consume third-party APIs, and implement your cloud deployment strategy.
In this talk, we'll look at EvoSure's lightweight service oriented architecture, including: 
- Designing internal APIs while optimizing for UX
- Testing our API from the outside-in- Handling our external API integration strategy for a better UX- Moving from Heroku to AWS using CloudFormation, native EC2 servers, Chef, and custom scripts to meet business requirements- Using Fluentd, the log aggregator, as the backbone of our event-driven strategy


James Higginbotham is the CTO of EvoSure, where he contributes both as an API/cloud architect and developer. He has been a software architect and consultant for a variety of organizations in Austin since 1996, ranging from large corporations to early stage startups. He is the author of a variety of books, including his most recent with Keith Casey: A Practical Approach to API Design

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  • James H.

    Omar, here are some more details that we received from Drew Robinson, who presented briefly at the meeting:

    Join Hatch After School (powered by MakerSquare) for a 90-minute beginner coding workshop for Austin youth. Students start the class learning about cyber security then dive into writing their first website. By the end of the class, students will write their first HTML/CSS page!

    If you want to learn more about the event details, visit or email questions to Drew at <her first name>

    March 28, 2014

  • Omar S.

    Can somebody send me the link to the programming classes for kids? the hatch after school program.

    March 27, 2014

  • James H.

    Here are the slides from last night's presentation:

    March 27, 2014

  • Omar S.


    March 26, 2014

  • Mike A.

    Great people and great content.

    March 26, 2014

  • Yalim A.

    Great meeting, very nice, informative presentation. Looking forward for next one.

    March 26, 2014

  • Ken V

    I am looking forward to attending my event with this group. It is nice to know there is an entire community dedicated to API development here in Austin.

    1 · March 26, 2014

  • Rion D.

    Taking a mulligan on this one to take care of family. <hint>Hopefully slides or video will show up afterwards.</hint>

    March 25, 2014

  • Jason H.

    Bummer. Realized I'll be out of town next week.

    March 19, 2014

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