- Relaunching the Austin Homegrown API Meetup!
Great news: We're relaunching the Austin Homegrown API Meetup! Join us from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 9. We'll meet on the third floor of the new ShipEngine office at 4009 Marathon (located one block west of North Lamar between 40th and 41st streets, just behind Taco Shack). Parking is plentiful and free, and there will be signs to help you find the exact location. We'll have food plus beer and other drinks, and we'll pass out special T-shirts to anyone who wants to help us commemorate this first meetup at ShipEngine. The May 9 relaunch will feature back-to-back presentations about ways to improve your API documentation. Our speakers will be: James Messinger (ShipEngine) on What to Consider When Building Great API Documentation: You can only make a first impression once, and the same is true for your API. No matter how amazing your API may be (your mother said it is, right?), developer adoption is core to your success. If you’re getting a lot of viewers, but not a lot of users, there may be a problem with your documentation. This talk will address discoverability, improving the developer experience, and reducing on-boarding time. Karen White (BigCommerce) on (Re)Designing a Developer Portal That Developers Want to Use: Your Developer Portal is the primary interface that developers will have with your company’s product. So what does your developer portal say about you? We’ll share what we’ve learned at BigCommerce about redesigning a developer portal that helps your developers–and your company–meet their goals. The general schedule will go like this: 5:30 to 6 p.m.: Food, beer and other drinks, socializing 6 to 7 p.m.: Introduction, talks on API documentation, discussion and Q&A 7:00 to 7:30 p.m.: Stay, eat, drink and chat with fellow attendees Please RSVP so we know how much food and drink to have. Send a message if you have any questions or ideas, and look for the signs to find the exact location. Oh, and feel free to bring friends! Do you have an idea for a future talk? We want to hear it! We’re interested in topics like API design, management, testing, documentation, tips & tricks, tools, emerging technologies, or anything else API related. Talk to a ShipEngine representative at the meetup, or email us at [masked]. Let us know if you’d like to give a lightning talk (5–15 minutes) or a feature talk (30–45 minutes). The details, just one more time: Event: Austin Homegrown API Meetup Time/Date: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 9 Location: The 3rd floor of ShipEngine's new office at 4009 Marathon Topics: API documentation (plus more!) We look forward to seeing you there!