API Lifecycle: API Design / Architecture

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

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PRO Workshop (API): Going Real Time with Live Queries and Subscription
Rishiraj Anand
Rishiraj Anand
Red hat, Senior Software Engineer

Graphql live queries and subscriptions have a strong case while thinking about creating real time web apps. While both approaches converge to trying to keep the client state in sync with the server, they differ in ways in which they are implemented and give rise to new patterns altogether. By understanding how they behave under the hood, we can decide the best approach based on our use case.

The session will focus on solving problems while designing architecture of real time applications. We’ll talk about some common architectures developers follow while designing resilient RTA apps. When starting to bring Real time use cases discussion of any app, there are certain challenges developers face while using the javascript ecosystem. Graphql, while already boosting application performance and development time can solve challenges pertaining to RTA apps out of box. Why listening to data changes in live queries could make more sense for graphql clients than listening for events in graphql subscriptions. We'll compare pros and cons of these approaches and talk about solutions where we might need a combination of both. 

- PDT
PRO Workshop (API): Autogenerate your database schema and OData endpoints using English with Pine.js
Harald Fischer
Harald Fischer
balena.io, Product builder

In this talk, we would like to enable API developers with a sophisticated rules-driven API engine that enables you to define rules in a structured subset of English.

The talk gives an introduction to the open source project Pine.js which is the core backend API in balena. The balena cloud stack serves millions of OData requests to more than half a million globally distributed IoT devices and thousands of IoT device fleet managers every day.

Pine.js lets developers define and model your business relations in structured and human readable text format. Using Semantics of Business Vocabulary and Business Rules (SBVR) you can easily define entities, entity quantities, rules and relationships and Pine.js will automatically generate the underlying data definition language (DDL) and data query language (DQL) queries and executed them on a SQL database. Finally, Pine.js provides automatically all the OData API endpoints.

Pine.js uses an intermediate abstract SQL format and implements concepts to
automatically resolve m:n relationships to two 1:n relationships with helper tables
parse OData requests and translate them into an abstract SQL intermediate format
translate defined business rules and validations into abstract SQL format
resolve permissions into abstract SQL
All abstract SQL statements are combined into one query to the database and executed in one transaction. 

- PDT
PRO Workshop (API): The BFFs and BAEs of API Development
Junaid Warwani
Junaid Warwani
Jetty, Director of Engineering

Building APIs that support multiple user experiences in a complex domain often means using microservices — but while microservices are great for developing, they can be more challenging for your API users and for cross-platform integrations. This is how we use BFFs (Backend-For-Frontend) and BAEs (Backend-Async-Events) at Jetty to alleviate this problem 

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

- PDT
PRO TALK (API): The Evolving Developer Lifecycle: Best practices for API Builders and Consumers
Iddo Gino
Iddo Gino
RapidAPI, Founder and CEO

The API industry is undergoing tremendous changes - driven by a generational shift in the technologies powering APIs and a transformation in enterprise buying patterns. While APIs have been around for a while, the way they look, work, operate and are consumed is changing rapidly. This change challenges current design patterns and developer tools and necessitates creating a more contextual approach to API development.

In his talk, Iddo examines the evolution of the API development lifecycle and the current best practices engineered to support API builders and consumers. The speaker will examine the key technologies required to build, consume, and collaborate on APIs across the entire software development lifecycle. 

- PDT
OPEN TALK (API): Bring your .NET APIs to AWS
Isaac Levin
Isaac Levin
Amazon Web Services, .NET Developer Advocate

APIs are the backbone of many services we all know and love, and when it comes to hosting those APIs, AWS is a great option. When building APIs with .NET on AWS, there are a plentiful amount of options, ranging from the tried-and-true Web API running on Elastic Beanstalk to running highly scalable event driven functions with AWS Lambda. Let us spend some time during this session talking about building APIs on .NET and running them in AWS.

- PDT
PRO TALK (API): Navigating the murky waters of API-first
Joyce Lin
Joyce Lin
Postman, Head of developer relations

Everyone is jumping on the API-first bandwagon. For most organizations, an API-first approach is the key to scaling software development. But the journey to API-first is not always smooth sailing.

In 2022, I interviewed five well-known organizations for a sneak peek at how they implemented an API-first workflow among their teams. We’ll uncover why they began their transition, their biggest hurdles, and what is next on their roadmap. Learn from these shared experiences and recommendations to pave the way in your own API-first journeys. This is a session about managing organizational change. 

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OPEN TALK (API): API Experience 2.0 (APIx 2.0)
Rajesh Bavanantham
Rajesh Bavanantham
F5/NGINX, Director of Product Management

Designing effective & functional APIs for your customer is inevitable for digital transformation, however it has become real challenge for enterprises and startup to enable their Dev and Ops team to go in same pace to deliver value to the customer on time. Existing APIM are focussing solely on Devs or Ops , not a great balance between these two personas. Let us show how Dev & Ops can own and deliver their respective values, working in distribute scale. 

- PDT
OPEN TALK (API): Creating Profitable Revenue Streams with API Monetization and Analytics
Ram Kanumuri
Ram Kanumuri
Kellton, Vice President - Digital Technology Practice

In this talk, we’ll break down two areas of API strategy: API analytics and API monetization.

API analytics are valuable for multiple stakeholders, including product owners, customer success, marketing, and sales. We’ll examine how to get the right data to make informed decisions, outgrow competitors and scale your product.

We’ll also show how teams can use API insights to manage service levels, establish controls, set up security policies, and analyze trends. These analytics not only solve real-world business problems that have a significant impact on organizations, but also help establish a profitable monetization strategy.

A successful API monetization strategy centers around providing true value to paying consumers. API monetization models vary — from pay-as-you-go to monthly/annual billing to “bucket” purchases of API transactions to be consumed over time. We’ll discuss how to create monetizations to deliver high-quality, consistent value to your API users.

**TWO lucky audience members will WIN a PATAGONIA Refugio Daypack ($100 value each) at the end of this presentation! (will be shipped to them after the event) 

- PDT
PRO TALK (API): A New Architecture for APIs
Anant Jhingran
Anant Jhingran
StepZen, CEO

APIs are great. However, API architectures have not significantly evolved. With GraphQL, designed for stitching data together, a new way of forming a graph of graphs is emerging. This architecture leads to a simpler design, better performance, simpler governance and graceful migration to the cloud. It is the way forward.

I will be drawing from my over a decade of experience as the CTO of Apigee, and seeing the impact of GraphQL, I will demonstrate how evolving your API architecture with a layer of GraphQL leads to leveraging your years of REST investment into a more flexible future proof architecture. 

- PDT
PRO TALK (API): Modern API Design
Rupal Haribhakti
Rupal Haribhakti
Atlassian, Engineering Leader

Design principles for modeling API contract. Best practices for API security. How to address scaling challenges like latency, fault tolerance and throughput. When to use rest, gRPC or GraphqL. 

Thursday, October 27, 2022

- PDT
PRO TALK (API): Build Resilient Applications Using Orchestration
Cherish Santoshi
Cherish Santoshi
Orkes, Developer Relations Engineer

As we move towards an exciting future of more distributed systems, we are bound to encounter microservices written in different languages and infrastructures.
The resiliency of different applications only makes sense if they come together beautifully to create one invincible application.

In this session, we will talk about how companies like Netflix, Tesla, etc. used orchestration to build robust and scalable applications that inspire innovation. 

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PRO Workshop (API): Horror Stories From Other People’s APIs
Vincenzo Chianese
Vincenzo Chianese
Microsoft, API Architect

In this talk, I'll share my experiences from the past year working primarily on integrations with other people’s APIs. I'll explore some “pearls” that I found and alternatives that would have made my journey a little bit easier. 

- PDT
PRO TALK (API): tl;dr: Shifting API Standards Left
Ed Olson-Morgan
Ed Olson-Morgan
Marsh McLennan, Core API & Innovation Lead

When Marsh McLennan established a core APIs team in April of 2021, one of the first priorities was to create a set of API standards for the organization. But after blending together industry exemplars, RFCs, internal best practices and the occasional meme or two, the forty-six page document that resulted didn’t lead to the API revolution we’d expected. Focusing on closely integrating the standards with OpenAPI specification led to increased adoption across the internal developer community. Come and learn how the team used the OpenAPI Specification to drive standards compliance, improve collaboration and allow for easy maintenance and iteration of the standards over time. 

- PDT
PRO TALK (API): Enabling Developers to Get More Done
Brian Childress
Brian Childress
Calendly, Application Architect

Are you blocked by manual processes, inefficiencies, and knowledge silos? Are developers happy or frustrated? Join me and we’ll explore some of the ways you can enable developers to do their best work and improve the developer experience through a focus on tools, processes, and collaboration.

With the increased cloud adoption, smaller autonomous development teams, and microservices we need a way to ensure consistency and productivity. In this talk we’ll explore topics like: boilerplate templates, development environments, CI/CD, code reviews, and effective documentation.

If you’re a developer trying to improve your work day-to-day or an engineering leader trying to empower your teams, this talk has something for you. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

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[#VIRTUAL] PRO Workshop (API): Geo-Distributed GraphQL: Building a Scalable and Resilient API Layer
Denis Magda
Denis Magda
Yugabyte, Head of DevRel

You can provision a cloud native GraphQL API layer and start serving applications within minutes. However, readying this layer for production workloads has its challenges. For starters, what if the number of requests grows 2x, 10x, or 100x? Or, what if the data volume goes from 10GB to 100GB and then 1TB? And what if a cloud availability zone that hosts the API layer experiences outages? Lastly, what if your API layer needs to serve user requests with low latency across distant countries and continents.

Join this hands-on session where we’ll build a geo-distributed GraphQL API layer that tolerates major cloud outages, serves user requests with low latency regardless of whereabouts, and easily complies with data residency requirements when expanding to new territories. 

- PDT
[#VIRTUAL] PRO Workshop (API): Going Real Time with Live Queries and Subscription
Rishiraj Anand
Rishiraj Anand
Red hat, Senior Software Engineer

Graphql live queries and subscriptions have a strong case while thinking about creating real time web apps. While both approaches converge to trying to keep the client state in sync with the server, they differ in ways in which they are implemented and give rise to new patterns altogether. By understanding how they behave under the hood, we can decide the best approach based on our use case.

The session will focus on solving problems while designing architecture of real time applications. We’ll talk about some common architectures developers follow while designing resilient RTA apps. When starting to bring Real time use cases discussion of any app, there are certain challenges developers face while using the javascript ecosystem. Graphql, while already boosting application performance and development time can solve challenges pertaining to RTA apps out of box. Why listening to data changes in live queries could make more sense for graphql clients than listening for events in graphql subscriptions. We'll compare pros and cons of these approaches and talk about solutions where we might need a combination of both. 

- PDT
[#VIRTUAL] PRO Workshop (API): Autogenerate your database schema and OData endpoints using English with Pine.js
Harald Fischer
Harald Fischer
balena.io, Product builder

In this talk, we would like to enable API developers with a sophisticated rules-driven API engine that enables you to define rules in a structured subset of English.

The talk gives an introduction to the open source project Pine.js which is the core backend API in balena. The balena cloud stack serves millions of OData requests to more than half a million globally distributed IoT devices and thousands of IoT device fleet managers every day.

Pine.js lets developers define and model your business relations in structured and human readable text format. Using Semantics of Business Vocabulary and Business Rules (SBVR) you can easily define entities, entity quantities, rules and relationships and Pine.js will automatically generate the underlying data definition language (DDL) and data query language (DQL) queries and executed them on a SQL database. Finally, Pine.js provides automatically all the OData API endpoints.

Pine.js uses an intermediate abstract SQL format and implements concepts to
automatically resolve m:n relationships to two 1:n relationships with helper tables
parse OData requests and translate them into an abstract SQL intermediate format
translate defined business rules and validations into abstract SQL format
resolve permissions into abstract SQL
All abstract SQL statements are combined into one query to the database and executed in one transaction. 

- PDT
[#VIRTUAL] PRO Workshop (API): The BFFs and BAEs of API Development
Junaid Warwani
Junaid Warwani
Jetty, Director of Engineering

Building APIs that support multiple user experiences in a complex domain often means using microservices — but while microservices are great for developing, they can be more challenging for your API users and for cross-platform integrations. This is how we use BFFs (Backend-For-Frontend) and BAEs (Backend-Async-Events) at Jetty to alleviate this problem 

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

- PDT
[#VIRTUAL] PRO TALK (API): Building APIs for Modern Developers
Meherdeep Thakur
Meherdeep Thakur
Agora, Flutter | Android | Developer Evangelist

APIs have changed the way developers build their applications and now it's time that developers change their APIs so that they are fit for every kind of developer be it a novice developer or a person starting with their development journey.
In my talk I would like to go over how to design your APIs so that they are more intuitive and aligned with the end developer needs. I would also like to cover some best practices when it comes to architecting and documenting the APIs to offer the best developer experience. 

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[#VIRTUAL] OPEN TALK (API): API Security 101: Top API Vulnerabilities and how to Fix from Code
Isabelle Mauny
Isabelle Mauny
42Crunch, CTO

Recently, APIs have become the main attack vector for applications. APIs are so interesting to attackers because they expose valuable data and business logic to clients. Traditional security approaches fail to address these issues. In this workshop, we reveal the most common vulnerabilities found in APIs, uncover how to detect and subsequently remediate them, and how to put in place secure foundations that start at the design phase.
By the end of this workshop, participants will:
Know all about the OWASP API Top10
Understand the unique nature of API vulnerabilities
Learn what they look like in code examples
How to automate detection of API vulnerabilities
Develop strategies for API vulnerability remediation 

- PDT
[#VIRTUAL] PRO TALK (API): The Evolving Developer Lifecycle: Best practices for API Builders and Consumers
Iddo Gino
Iddo Gino
RapidAPI, Founder and CEO

The API industry is undergoing tremendous changes - driven by a generational shift in the technologies powering APIs and a transformation in enterprise buying patterns. While APIs have been around for a while, the way they look, work, operate and are consumed is changing rapidly. This change challenges current design patterns and developer tools and necessitates creating a more contextual approach to API development.

In his talk, Iddo examines the evolution of the API development lifecycle and the current best practices engineered to support API builders and consumers. The speaker will examine the key technologies required to build, consume, and collaborate on APIs across the entire software development lifecycle. 

- PDT
[#VIRTUAL] PRO TALK (API): Divide and Conquer Massive Enterprise Applications with Microservices and API Management
Meric Aydonat
Meric Aydonat
Software AG, Sr. Product Manager, API Management

Does your organization have at least one massive application that no one person understands? Are multiple teams with different skills and timelines trying to release code on this application? Do you waste time and resources recreating similar services on this application?

Large enterprises often see once small and manageable applications grow in size and complexity beyond control. This lack of control creates duplication of effort and frustration for both the R&D teams working on the application and the functional teams using its data. Breaking it into microservices is one approach to become more efficient and flexible, but it’s only the beginning. To unlock their full potential for agility, you need to have an application context for your microservices, and you need to be able to treat them as APIs. Join this talk to learn how Software AG’s AppMesh can help your organization take control of massive applications with an advanced architecture for managing APIs and microservices. 

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[#VIRTUAL] OPEN TALK (API): The Right Data at the Right Time: Hyper-Personalized Real-Time Data at Internet Scale
Peter Hughes
Peter Hughes
Push Technology, Head of Cloud

As companies everywhere move to and create new applications in the cloud, the ability to deliver personalized real-time experiences is no longer a “nice-to-have” – it’s a competitive necessity for every digital service. However, with new experiences come new challenges, especially when handling high volume data for real-time delivery.

This talk will cover the ways in which traditional methods of data distribution must transition to innovative event-driven architectures, and we will walk through examples of how data wrangling-at-the-edge augments traditional stream processing to assure efficient delivery of hyper-personalized data at Internet scale. 

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[#VIRTUAL] PRO TALK (API): API Experience – Good design for better and successful APIs that engage with your customers
Daniel Kocot
Daniel Kocot
codecentric, API Expert / Senior Solutions Architect

Everyone is talking about APIs. They are seen as a panacea in the age of digitization. But very few of them are really directly understandable, because APIs are usually created on the basis of a data model or the CRUD paradigm. To provide a successful API, much more is needed. And it is exactly this "more" that I would like to address in my presentation. To this end, we need to find answers to various questions. 

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[#VIRTUAL] PRO TALK (API): APIs with bounded contexts: modelling APIs with domain-driven design
Jose Haro Peralta
Jose Haro Peralta
microapis.io, Co-founder

APIs have become one of the cornerstones of digital transformations. As more and more businesses open up their APIs for public consumption, the concept of developer experience becomes crucial for the successful rollout of the APIs. Good developer experience with APIs depends on good principles of API governance, API management, and API design.
In this presentation, we explain how the principles of domain-driven design help us design APIs that are easier to understand and to consume. APIs are not just an HTTP interface to a database, and we’ll see how to use DDD to define the domain of an API and to model its resources. We’ll use strategic design to narrow down the scope of an API, and to avoid mixing properties from different domains. We’ll also discuss various heuristics that we can use to translate domain models and actions into the more restricted representational capabilities of REST APIs and CRUD operations.
The result of this exercise will be a well-structured API with consistent paths and resources that developers will love to use to and to build integrations with. 

- PDT
[#VIRTUAL] OPEN TALK (API): Bring your .NET APIs to AWS
Isaac Levin
Isaac Levin
Amazon Web Services, .NET Developer Advocate

APIs are the backbone of many services we all know and love, and when it comes to hosting those APIs, AWS is a great option. When building APIs with .NET on AWS, there are a plentiful amount of options, ranging from the tried-and-true Web API running on Elastic Beanstalk to running highly scalable event driven functions with AWS Lambda. Let us spend some time during this session talking about building APIs on .NET and running them in AWS.

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[#VIRTUAL] OPEN TALK (API): Using Inspiration to Drive a Great API Experience in AI/ML Products
Steven Baxter
Steven Baxter
Symbl.ai, Sr. Product Manager

What separates a good API experience from a great one? Providing simplified, quick, secure and reliable access to data and functionality is, at best, the minimum expectations for a modern API product. The key moment that defines when a good API experience transcends into a great experience is that sudden moment of clarity and inspiration when a developer doesn't just see how an API solves the problem in front of them, but instead they now see how that API connects them into the realm of what's possible. It is from these irreplicable values that enable them to easily build apps and experiences they cannot otherwise build. With advances in the areas of artificial intelligence and machine learning, developers now have the ability to use AI products to explore further into the areas of what's possible than ever before and APIs are the gateway to take them there.
So how does the API experience inspire users, and why is this so important for AI Products? Join me in my session to take a deeper look into the various critical aspects of designing and building an API-first conversation AI platform that processes and comprehends unstructured natural human conversation data, and why accounting for inspiration across the API lifecycle is essential for enabling developers to unlock the true potential of these systems. 

- PDT
[#VIRTUAL] PRO TALK (API): Navigating the murky waters of API-first
Joyce Lin
Joyce Lin
Postman, Head of developer relations

Everyone is jumping on the API-first bandwagon. For most organizations, an API-first approach is the key to scaling software development. But the journey to API-first is not always smooth sailing.

In 2022, I interviewed five well-known organizations for a sneak peek at how they implemented an API-first workflow among their teams. We’ll uncover why they began their transition, their biggest hurdles, and what is next on their roadmap. Learn from these shared experiences and recommendations to pave the way in your own API-first journeys. This is a session about managing organizational change. 

- PDT
[#VIRTUAL] OPEN TALK (API): Creating Profitable Revenue Streams with API Monetization and Analytics
Ram Kanumuri
Ram Kanumuri
Kellton, Vice President - Digital Technology Practice

In this talk, we’ll break down two areas of API strategy: API analytics and API monetization.

API analytics are valuable for multiple stakeholders, including product owners, customer success, marketing, and sales. We’ll examine how to get the right data to make informed decisions, outgrow competitors and scale your product.

We’ll also show how teams can use API insights to manage service levels, establish controls, set up security policies, and analyze trends. These analytics not only solve real-world business problems that have a significant impact on organizations, but also help establish a profitable monetization strategy.

A successful API monetization strategy centers around providing true value to paying consumers. API monetization models vary — from pay-as-you-go to monthly/annual billing to “bucket” purchases of API transactions to be consumed over time. We’ll discuss how to create monetizations to deliver high-quality, consistent value to your API users.

**TWO lucky audience members will WIN a PATAGONIA Refugio Daypack ($100 value each) at the end of this presentation! (will be shipped to them after the event) 

- PDT
[#VIRTUAL] PRO TALK (API): A New Architecture for APIs
Anant Jhingran
Anant Jhingran
StepZen, CEO

APIs are great. However, API architectures have not significantly evolved. With GraphQL, designed for stitching data together, a new way of forming a graph of graphs is emerging. This architecture leads to a simpler design, better performance, simpler governance and graceful migration to the cloud. It is the way forward.

I will be drawing from my over a decade of experience as the CTO of Apigee, and seeing the impact of GraphQL, I will demonstrate how evolving your API architecture with a layer of GraphQL leads to leveraging your years of REST investment into a more flexible future proof architecture. 

- PDT
[#VIRTUAL] PRO TALK (API): Modern API Design
Rupal Haribhakti
Rupal Haribhakti
Atlassian, Engineering Leader

Design principles for modeling API contract. Best practices for API security. How to address scaling challenges like latency, fault tolerance and throughput. When to use rest, gRPC or GraphqL. 

Thursday, November 3, 2022

- PDT
[#VIRTUAL] PRO TALK (API): Build Resilient Applications Using Orchestration
Cherish Santoshi
Cherish Santoshi
Orkes, Developer Relations Engineer

As we move towards an exciting future of more distributed systems, we are bound to encounter microservices written in different languages and infrastructures.
The resiliency of different applications only makes sense if they come together beautifully to create one invincible application.

In this session, we will talk about how companies like Netflix, Tesla, etc. used orchestration to build robust and scalable applications that inspire innovation. 

- PDT
[#VIRTUAL] OPEN TALK (API): Building an API Monetization Stack
Matt Tanner
Matt Tanner
Moesif, Head of Developer Relations

Have APIs that you want to use to build revenue? Currently experiencing headaches from existing monetized APIs? Regardless, chances are that you have API resources that others are willing to pay for. The toughest part? Figuring out how to build the right stack for seamless and easy API monetization. In this talk, we will discuss the components of a technology stack that are required when trying to monetize your APIs.

We will cover how to choose a billing provider, API management's role in monetization, and how to bring it all together in an end-to-end solution. By the end of this talk, listeners will have a better understanding of exactly what it takes to build a robust monetization solution for their APIs. 

- PDT
[#VIRTUAL] PRO TALK (API): tl;dr: Shifting API Standards Left
Ed Olson-Morgan
Ed Olson-Morgan
Marsh McLennan, Core API & Innovation Lead

When Marsh McLennan established a core APIs team in April of 2021, one of the first priorities was to create a set of API standards for the organization. But after blending together industry exemplars, RFCs, internal best practices and the occasional meme or two, the forty-six page document that resulted didn’t lead to the API revolution we’d expected. Focusing on closely integrating the standards with OpenAPI specification led to increased adoption across the internal developer community. Come and learn how the team used the OpenAPI Specification to drive standards compliance, improve collaboration and allow for easy maintenance and iteration of the standards over time. 

- PDT
[#VIRTUAL] PRO TALK (API): Enabling Developers to Get More Done
Brian Childress
Brian Childress
Calendly, Application Architect

Are you blocked by manual processes, inefficiencies, and knowledge silos? Are developers happy or frustrated? Join me and we’ll explore some of the ways you can enable developers to do their best work and improve the developer experience through a focus on tools, processes, and collaboration.

With the increased cloud adoption, smaller autonomous development teams, and microservices we need a way to ensure consistency and productivity. In this talk we’ll explore topics like: boilerplate templates, development environments, CI/CD, code reviews, and effective documentation.

If you’re a developer trying to improve your work day-to-day or an engineering leader trying to empower your teams, this talk has something for you.