Below we’ve gathered all of the speaker interviews from the Nordic APIs newsletter that were written prior to the 2017 Platform Summit.

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“Hard to Get to A Consensus on Best Practices”

September 29th, 2017

Ole Lensmar is the co-founder of Eviware Software which was acquired by SmartBear in 2011, where he now works as Chief Technology Officer. At Eviware Software, Ole created SoapUI, now the most used open source testing tool in the world.

“I started working with APIs when I was building system integrations in the late 90s for online applications – we started off with XML over HTTP, moved to SOAP – and then later REST”, Lensmar says.

According to Ole Lensmar, the best thing about APIs is the fast moving culture, in regards to technologies, approaches, patterns, tooling, and so on.

“It’s always fun to learn new things, but it’s hard to settle on any of these – it’s hard to get to a consensus or alignment on best practices. You know that whatever you do there is a pretty high risk it will be somewhat out-dated in 6-12 months, Lensmar explains.”

Lensmar speaks frequently on the importance of API testing and other related topics, and at the 2017 Platform Summit he’ll talk about “The Magic Behind Faster API Development, Testing and Delivery with API Virtualization”.

“API events are a great way for API providers and consumers to keep up with API-related trends in regard to design, technology, business, and ecosystems.”

At the event, Lensmar hopes to experience how matured APIs, “API 2.0” as he calls them, have progressed from both technological and business point of views. He’s especially excited to learn from developers, teams, and businesses that have been working with APIs for a couple of years now:

“I want to know how they are now leveraging [that knowledge] to drive their products/businesses.”

What will take APIs to the next level to drive the exceedingly connected digital frontier?

“Alignment and pragmatism on technical concepts / standards across the API industry.”

Which future trends do you see emerging within the API industry?

Continued focus on Developer Experience to deliver competitive APIs. REST will continue to be complemented by RPC/Async APIs, and driven by the IoT. Also, continued awareness and focus on APIs as a business enabler. Although we in the API community have been talking about this for a long time, businesses still have a long way of catching up.

At the 2017 Platform Summit Lensmar’s held a session called:
The Magic Behind Faster API Development, Testing and Delivery with API Virtualization“.

“You Owe It to Yourself to Attend”

September 20th, 2017

Adam DuVander loves APIs and the people behind them. He currently works at Zapier, helping their partners integrate with its automation platform to empower their shared customers. He has always loved automation and data sharing, though it was originally cartography that got him hooked into the world of APIs:

“From geocoding to maps, I loved the idea of taking something that for generations had been difficult, and making it available to anyone.”

DuVander says that with APIs and people, anything is possible. Ironically though, people are both the best and worst thing about APIs.

“All of the hard things about APIs are due to the people, but without them, we’d have no reason to continue.”

In addition to being an experienced developer within API marketing, DuVander is also a veteran when it comes to Nordic APIs. This will be his sixth Nordic APIs event as a speaker, and his fourth trip to Stockholm which is one of his favourite European cities.

“There are a handful of API events now, which was not the case when I spoke at the first Nordic APIs. Despite more events now, the top tier among them still bring together the best concentration of API practitioners anywhere. If you work with APIs every day, you owe it to yourself to attend,” DuVander says.

At the event in October he expects to have deep, impactful conversations about the people and technical issues within making APIs.

“I’m impressed with how Nordic APIs gathers attendees from all around Europe, and speakers worldwide, and the Nordic APIs blog extends the energy of the events to the rest of the world and keeps it going all year long.”

Which future trends do you see emerging within the API industry?

I think we’ve just scratched the surface of “citizen coding.” But the future of non-programmers using APIs isn’t going to look like the programming of today, nor will it be a graphical code builder. Yet we’ll have anyone able to get their job done using a handful of tools that use APIs behind the scenes.

At the 2017 Platform Summit Adam DuVander’s held a session called:
Full Spectrum APIs: Lessons Scaling 750+ APIs in Production“.

“APIs – Easier & More Complicated Than Ever”

August 15th, 2017

Patrick Poulin moved to NYC 10 years ago to pursue a career working on the Internet. Soon after he was managing the retail vertical for a company building the first mobile websites for over 75 major brands. After a short stint in adtech, he became the API Evangelist for Getty Images.

“This is where I recognized the problem of a lack of proper testing for APIs, and that experience helped kick off the creation of API Fortress,” says Poulin.

Patrick Poulin started working with APIs because he likes to stand slightly ahead of the curve, he says. He began working with mobile web when that was just starting, then apps, then adtech, and now APIs.

“The best thing about APIs is the ability to make things work together. That is a huge step forward that people forget about. The biggest problem though, is the lack of standardization.”

In 2014, Poulin cofounded API Fortress, an automated API testing and monitoring platform for the entire lifecycle. He had realized that there was no platform in the market that allowed him, a non-developer, to write a comprehensive test without having to write code.

“I saw that there was a need for a tool to empower QAs and PMs, and to make the lives of developers easier,” Poulin explains.

Poulin will join Nordic APIs for the first time at the 2017 Platform Summit, where he expects to make some new friends, connections, and learn about some new advancements in the space.

“I like this year’s theme because it’s very front of mind for us. More and more customers of our customers are choosing the on-premises version for their own virtual private clouds.”

What will take APIs to the next level?

“Making them accessible to non-developers. A future trend, I believe, will be making APIs usable by non-developers with drag-and-drop tools. This will lead to a greater need for testing, but fortunately tools for that are improving as well.”

At the 2017 Platform Summit Patrick Poulin held a session on API Security called:The Most Common Errors That Aren’t Caught“.

“APIs Can Still Be Daunting to Some”

June 30th, 2017

Ashley Hathaway is an experienced Developer Evangelist. She previously worked at Stitch Data where she focused on their open-source project, Singer.io. Previous to Stitch she worked as a senior product manager and then as a senior developer evangelist for IBM Watson API Platform.

“My first job was working as a front-end developer, then I just kept following people and products I thought were interesting and intellectually stimulating and voila! Here I am,” Hathaway explains.

APIs are now a part of Hathaway’s daily life, and she’s looking forward to visiting Stockholm and joining the Nordic APIs speaker line-up. API-specific events like the 2017 Platform Summit are some of her favorites, mainly because of the people involved.

“The people that work on and with APIs tend to be really passionate about their work, really care about making something easy and useful, and have a good sense of humor in my experience,” Hathaway says.

Her expectations for this years Platform Summit are to meet a good mix of people working on interesting projects, and to learn new and fun ways to work. Right now she is getting into Python and open data and is hoping for sessions on that.

“I’d like to see how people are working with data in fun ways. The best part of good events are just serendipity, so I’m going to leave most of it to chance!”

Finding ways to solve developer problems and engaging with the community are large parts of Hathaway’s role with their open-source project, and that is why she likes the theme of the Platform Summit: Scale Your API Platform.

“Scale is certainly something everyone in my mind wants to do, along with driving adoption of APIs. Learning how to find success and usage with an API is great!”

What future trends do you see emerging within the API industry?

“Well, AI is certainly being talked about quite a bit. I don’t think we’re going to slow down on that. I will agree that being able to process more data than ever before faster and in the cloud is compelling. I think APIs will continue to be a simple way to engage with data, but I wouldn’t be surprised if some APIs are more centered around the data scientist or data analyst as a user. I think successful APIs will continue to be the same- a simple way to add value or simplify a current process or problem.”

What will take APIs to the next level?

“I think ease of use. For instance, APIs can still be daunting to some even though they’re very easy. So if more people see that there’s value in learning or working with them I think that can certainly open a whole new community to APIs.”

At the 2017 Platform Summit Ashley Hathaway’s gave a talk on API Platforms called:The Art of Documentation & Making Your API Go from Good to Great
She’ll be speaking on Oct 10th at 11:10 in the room called Stora Stjärnrummet.

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Writer: Elisabet Norrgård, elisabet@nordicapis.com