March's DC-Area API Meetup to Feature Talks on Serverless, Big Parser APIs, and APIs 101 (Part 3)

We know it's not officially Spring yet. But Spring is definitely in the air. And so is March's DC-Area API Meetup which will be taking place on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 (one week from tomorrow) at 6pm near Dupont Circle in Washington, DC.

This month, in addition to my presentation of Part 3 of my long running (and updated) API 101 series, Balvinder Singh from Walmart Labs will be talking about serverless backends using BigParser APIs.

Serverless technology could very well be the 2nd generation of the cloud. Do you remember when Amazon launched the idea of Amazon Web Services based on the idea that, through APIs, you could provision and deprovision servers on the fly and only pay for the number of servers that you're using over a given period of time? Well, serverless technology is like that, but on a completely different level.

That's because instead of wastefully provisioning an entire server on the fly when you suddenly need more compute power, you essentially only provision the exact compute resources that you need (basically, a tiny fraction of an entire server) at the exact moment you need them on the same pay as you go basis. Thus, "serverless."  This not only makes it easier to scale your Back-end infrastructure based on actual compute requirements, you're also never paying for an underutilized server (you know? that entire server you had to provision just to handle a little task?).

So, hearing how Balvinder and his colleagues at Walmart Labs are thinking about serverless technology is a pretty big deal for anyone looking to help make smart, innovative technology decisions at their job.

Of course, the networking will be great and you'll get a chance to eat Github's pizza since Github is this month's pizza sponsor. U.Group will of course be providing the venue and the beverages so be sure to RSVP so we can plan for enough food for everyone.

If you live in the Washington, DC area (or will be in the neighborhood on March 3, 2020) and want to rub shoulders with other members of the local API community (or you just want to get smart about APIs), then this is the right meetup to come to. So, I hope to see you there!

Finally, as always, we are very grateful to the meetup’s enduring sponsors for making our monthly gatherings possible; the U.Group for providing the beverages and the venue and then, Github, and MuleSoft who take turns buying the pizza. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of the meetup, feel free to reach out to me at

OK, I hope to see you there!!

Be sure to read the next DC-Area API Meetup article: How APIs Will Democratize Access to Low-Cost Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning