The basics of a Web API

For this meetup, we'll be starting at the bottom of the stack and working our way up.  You just might discover some useful tidbits along the way, such as how the World Wide Web works, how Web browsers work, and why T-Rex would be a fantastic software developer.

1.  What is an API?
2.  What is REST?
3.  Do you need a REST API? (not always)
4.  The Web API and HTTP.
5.  Creating versions of your API.

Bring your thinking shoes and your drinking caps, because we're going to have fun talking about all this, and then playing some table tennis afterwards.

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  • Alan L.

    Really great presentation about the ins and outs of api design followed by a lively conversation.

    May 27, 2014

  • Alan L.

    Steve, do remember the url for that global ingestion engine of APIs? Was it Unicron.com? kidding. I did find http://apis.io/ and https://en-gb.howareyou.com/developers.html which could be fun for future meetups.

    May 22, 2014

  • Jeff S.

    Great meetup Steve. I enjoyed learning about the versioning via content/type. It seems like people were most passionate about caching and versioning. Also, I would like to learn more about the tools used to document, version, manage, maintain, etc. a proper API.

    May 22, 2014

  • Steven B.

    Thanks for coming everyone. Here's the link to my presentation on Google Drive.

    https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Cs09OxTtce6Q4AJA1iwmcsJXNbxfyvW2B3TaegG67GQ/edit?usp=sharing

    May 22, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for this. I'll be using it as a jumping-off point for additional learning.

      May 22, 2014

  • Tushar O.

    Steven,
    Thanks for the meeting. You concentrated on the basics & fundamentals which was really good

    1 · May 22, 2014

  • John I.

    Thanks Steven. Great job putting it together. It was a lot of fun.

    1 · May 21, 2014

    • Steven B.

      Glad you enjoyed it. Make sure you submit any ideas you have for future meetings

      May 21, 2014

  • Ben R.

    Ugh. I thought I could make it, but I'll be at a conference that week. Have fun!

    April 23, 2014

    • Steven B.

      LOL, we'll get you here eventually, Ben

      April 23, 2014

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