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REST APIs: The "R" is not for Religious

  • Apr 1, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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REST APIs are no joke.  And as a significant part of modern web development, discussions about their proper implementation are often little more than a fool's errand.  But this month we're not clowning around and pleased to partner with CoCreativ and welcome motley fool Joel Clermont from Milwaukee PHP to help us read the tarots of API implementation.  So join us this April 1st and learn how to implement an API for the real-world, ensuring that when developing your next REST API, the joke isn't on you.

REST is certainly a loaded topic. There's the "REST" implemented by 95% of developers building APIs (including Twitter, Facebook, Google and many others). Then there's the "REST" preached from on high by disciples of Lord Fielding himself.

I will talk about REST in its pure and ideal form, but without the fierce dogmatism that usually accompanies such a talk. You'll see the ideal and the benefits it can bring, but we'll bring it back down to earth and get pragmatic because we have real work to do as well. A major part of the discussion will also be why you should be building an API in the first place. Even if you never expose this API to the public, it can be a solid foundation for your own applications.

Joel Clermont PHP, Ruby and C# developer living in the Milwaukee area. Organizer of the Milwaukee PHP user group. Addicted to learning, teaching and growing the developer community. Currently fascinated by functional and concurrent programming languages.

 

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  • Chris W.

    Pretty good. I thought he handled the XML versus JSON part well.

    1 · April 2, 2013

  • Sam L.

    Was an enlightening topic, provided various perspectives of using Hypermedia API for client to server read communications.

    1 · April 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm probably biased.

    April 1, 2013

  • Mike

    Turns out I couldn't come all the way to St. Pete. I tried the online link Hans posted, but the only thing there was the presentation from 2011. Hope everyone enjoyed the show. Maybe next time.

    April 1, 2013

  • Wayne R.

    I arrived late so can only comment about the last 20 minutes or so. The end was good.

    1 · April 1, 2013

  • Art E.

    Great talk, thank you to the host, sponsors and keynote!

    1 · April 1, 2013

  • Mike

    I'm coming from Valrico. Anyone in the Brandon/Tampa area want to carpool? I can drive. I have enough space for multiple occupants. Please respond by 12:00 noon Monday.

    March 31, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm coming from plant city but I'm bringing 3.

      March 31, 2013

  • Ravi G.

    Guys, I am extremely interested in being part of Tampa Bay PHP. The thing is...I have gotta drive from Sarasota to St. Pete after work. What a bummer! I will see what I can do...maybe I can leave early and do the drive.

    March 29, 2013

  • Corry

    Haven't made it to one of these yet, but don't count me out. I'll keep an eye on your schedule.

    March 27, 2013

    • Sam L.

      Yah, April fools day seems like the meetup to attend... no really!

      March 27, 2013

  • Chris W.

    Really wishing you had reserved more than 20 spots as I would love to attend. I have experience writing REST apis in PHP and would have loved to attend.

    March 27, 2013

    • Hans Z.

      Sorry, silly meetup.com default - opened up...

      March 27, 2013

  • Murray Anne B.

    Looking forward to it

    March 25, 2013

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