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All about Hypermedia


6:00pm - Doors open, social time

6:15pm - Introductions

6:30pm - Hypermedia by Joe Kowalski 

8:00pm - Wrap Up - Beer @ Location TBD 

Joe Kowalski will be discussing JSON, REST, and Hypermedia APIs.  More details to follow.

Bio - Joe Kowalski

Joe Kowalski is the CEO and Chief Architect of the Bellingham software company, Principal Focus. 10 years ago he created a SaaS product called ServiceMonster, an online business management and marketing solution for service providers. After a successful career as a fortune 500 developer and API architect, it was Joe’s desire to bring quality software solutions to the small business owner. He moved the company here in 2006 where they currently employ about 20 people. His current twitter bio reads: SaaS senior, .net dynamo, backend black belt, front end freak, charming CEO, father to fabulous five, humbled husband, mediocre musician, and cancer survivor. 

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  • David B.

    Thanks Rob; those videos were helpful.

    April 7, 2014

    • Rob W.

      Good to hear you found the videos helpful, David. You may also find the 'pandoc' project of interest if you need to convert document formats to other formats (I was trying to get some OPML docs into the JSON format for use in D3.js): http://johnmacfarlane...­

      April 7, 2014

  • Rob W.

    Linking (and visualizing) Data: JSON-LD and D3.js

    Joe's talk got me thinking about the role metadata plays (as I alluded to earlier with my mention of RDF metadata) in hypermedia which led me to further explore how data is being encoded and manifested.

    That said, for folks that might be similarly interested in the role of data and metadata on the web, some links below may be of interest.

    Manu Sporny (co-author of JSON-LD spec) talks

    Intro to Linked Data (12min 9sec)

    Intro to JSON-LD (13min 16sec) Stanford talk by Elijah Meeks (Digital Humanities specialist): Comprehending Networks with d3.js (41min 36sec)

    --Tech References--

    JSON & JSON-LD D3.js Examples: API Reference:

    April 7, 2014

  • Randy P

    It was a great talk by Joe, looking forward to the next meeting.

    March 13, 2014

  • Andronetta D.

    Thanks for the talk Joe, and thank you Rob for the article link

    1 · March 8, 2014

  • Andronetta D.

    Good to see you. It was a fun presentation and we enjoyed going to the Copper Hog afterwards.

    1 · March 7, 2014

    • Reed Copsey, J.

      Sorry I missed the after party - hope to be able to join everybody there next time...

      March 7, 2014

  • Joe K.

    Thanks for letting me monologue everyone! I had a blast. I'm getting a few "Where do I start", questions. So here are some good launching points.

    apigee is an amazing learning resource for api dev

    5 · March 7, 2014

    • Reed Copsey, J.

      Thanks for coming and speaking, Joe! It was great hearing you talk again - always a pleasure and a lot of fun.

      1 · March 7, 2014

  • Tyler P.

    Awesome, informative, and exciting. Looking forward to the next BSDN Meetup!

    1 · March 7, 2014

  • Heather D.

    Some of my favorite ideas I'm resistant to at first and this was true with Joe's question about stripping out personal data and making all medical data available. Then this morning I thought 'oh wait I have voluntarily made my DNA sequence available in the the National Bone Marrow Registry database in the hopes that I'm a match and can save a life'. So even though it sounded scary to me I'm actually already actively participating because I believe that making my data available is worth the risk. If this data was available in a more accessible format on a world wide scale how many more matches would be made and how many more lives could be saved? Joe thanks for your excellent presentation it is always fun to think about things you thought you knew from a completely new perspective.

    4 · March 7, 2014

  • Rob W.

    Great talk Joe, thank you for presenting. At the end of the talk I asked about how metadata, specifically RDF, might mesh with Hypermedia. Some folks at Penn State have written an article on just such a question:

    4 · March 6, 2014

  • Joe M.

    My son is not feeling well tonight, he hopes to come next time.

    March 6, 2014

  • Jennifer D.

    Sorry to bail on y'all at the last moment again but I've got sick family members. Thanks for posting the PPT, Joe! Hope I can be there next month!

    March 6, 2014

  • Aaron M.

    Looking forward to attending...this will be my first time...newbie alert!

    2 · March 5, 2014

  • Bryan W.

    I'm not going to make this one, as we're finishing up a move from Kirkland to Bellingham, but I hope to be a regular soon!

    March 5, 2014

  • Joe M.

    I am planning to bring my 14 year old son, who is learning programming at Bellingham HS.

    March 2, 2014

    • Reed Copsey, J.

      Fantastic! He is, of course, very welcome - as would be any of his classmates who wanted to come.

      March 4, 2014

  • Joe K.

    That's great! I'm also bringing my 14 year old. And a few of my Developers.

    March 4, 2014

  • Bill B.

    I have a great time at these events. I love to learn new things and to understand a bit about what has happened since I retired.

    1 · March 1, 2014

  • Andrew R.

    Sorry I won't be able to make it as I will be travelling.

    February 28, 2014

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