[portland] OS Bridge proposal date extended
mde at micahelliott.com
Wed Apr 1 23:25:57 CEST 2009
On Wed, Apr 1, 2009 at 1:58 PM, Jeff Schwaber <freyley at gmail.com> wrote:
> What do you want to hear talked about? Let's hear about it on
> the list and maybe it'll spark somebody's interest.
I would find it useful for someone to talk generally about web
APIs. They're everywhere, and have a lot of similarities. Some
interesting things about APIs might be:
* Why most sites need an API for sharing their data.
* Walkthru of some mainstream APIs out there: twitter, flickr,
netflix, facebook. Use one as a case study for an API Done
* What makes a good API? I've seen some pretty bad ones.
* What languages to support? Sometimes Python is not considered
top-5 for some reason.
* What are the underlying implementation similarities?
* Tying a language API to a RESTful URL design. (This might
turn it into a REST talk though.)
* API performance considerations.
* How search is often not part of an API, but a separate need
and maybe a separate API.
* How to manage/host one so it doesn't stagnate and get forked.
* Documentation practices (to make it work well in ipython).
I'm missing some points. Feel free to expand. The talk would be
geared towards Python, but other languages could benefit.
I could consider trying to write up my ideas on this, but not
sure I have time right now, and I'm probably not qualified to
give a best practices talk since I have not implemented my own
yet, and I'm not a REST expert. So anyone is welcome to it. I'd
probably co-present/-develop if someone wanted a partner. (I do
actually have a need to write an API one of these days.)
@MicahElliott | mde at MicahElliott.com | http://MicahElliott.com
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