Come the first Tuesday of every month, the API-faithful -- especially those that work for the many agencies of the US government -- gather in Washington, DC for an evening of pizza, libations, and vibrant conversation about what works and what doesn't when it comes to the tradecraft of APIs. There's no other API meetup like it on the planet given how many separate (and often disparate) organizations are working under a common federal mandate to make it possible for machines to consume (primarily via API) the enormous amount of data they manage. It's not just the API personnel from the various agencies that attend. All sorts of technologists from the Washington, DC area and beyond come to share their stories.
And it's not just a conversation about APIs. Over the years, several attendees have been recruited into great jobs after an on-the-spot interview between sips of beer and bites of pizza. December 5th 2017 will be no different as we look to see old friends and make new ones one last time before the holidays. This December's edition will feature impartial.ai strategist Scott Salandy-Defour who is also the founder of Magnet Smart Networking. Salandy-Defour will be discussing how impartial.ai leverages APIs to succeed and what had to be done in order to get them to work. He'll also be taking about Magnet uses APIs in combination with SDKs to create proofs of concepts that are subsequently presented to the startup's customers.
Meanwhile, another hot topic in the API economy these days is API testing. At last count, ProgrammableWeb noted over 15 separate API testing and monitoring solutions that were on the market and we're sure we're missing some because we just don't know about them. Proving just how hot testing is, two of those solution providers -- Runscope and Restlet -- were recently acquired by CA and Talend, respectively speaking. Appropro of the trend, Steven F. Lott, author of several tech books and a senior associate at Capital One, will be talking about the OpenAPI (formerly Swagger) to Gherkin route for generating and executing API tests.
Then, to wrap things up (although there's still room for a fourth presenter), I'll be talking about my recent proposal for an in-band means of notifying developers of an upcoming service warning so that service operators can reach developers whether they're registered or not.
The meetup starts at 6pm at offices of Chief (DC's leading full-service agency for branding, advertising, and digital services) at 1800 Massachusetts Ave NW in Washington, DC, right off of Dupont Circle and there's no cost to attend.