SXSW 2012: The Year of the API

Is this the year of the API? Or is it next year? As we've pointed out before, the API universe is expanding. You have a chance now to make sure when thousands of geeks descend upon Austin next March, that this new way of the web is given the billing it deserves. But you have to get moving by September 2.

There were over 3,000 potential talks submitted and public votes have a big say in what makes its to the SXSW stages. Register for the panel picker and then check out the API-related panels we've highlighted below.

ProgrammableWeb does have a vested interest in your votes, of course. We've proposed two sessions:

There's a lot more to The Year of the API than ProgrammableWeb, of course. Here's a list of API-related talks we found. Let us know about others in the comments.

We found these by searching for API, APIs and companies/individuals we thought might be speaking about APIs. We know it's not exhaustive, so please include the ones we missed in the comments.

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I'd like to suggest the following:

From DevOps to NoOps: 10 cloud services you should be using

A couple of years ago building an application meant building the infrastructure to support the application. Typically this entailed installing a database, an app server and often a messaging server and email server; all tedious preamble for actually building an application. Now you have free access to these infrastructure services on the web, but which ones should you use?

This session will pick 10 services available today as well as introduce some other to keep your eye on. We’ll be looking at services such as MongoHQ, SendGrid and DropBox. With no infrastructure for you to set up for your application you can now start coding you applications immediately; all Dev no Ops! This session will also provide the attendee with information on how to find new APIs, what to be looking for and how to use them in your next application.

Ross Masson is the CTO and Founder of MuleSoft. He founded the open source Mule® project in 2003. Frustrated by integration "donkey work," he set out to create a new platform that emphasized ease of development and re-use of components. He started the Mule project to bring a modern approach, one of assembly, rather than repetitive coding, to developers worldwide. Now, with the MuleSoft team, Ross is taking these founding principles of dead-simple integration to the cloud with Mule iON, the world's first integration platform as a service (iPaaS). Ross holds a BS (Hons) in Computer Science from Bristol, UK and has been named in InformationWeek's Top 10 Innovators & Influencers and InfoWorld's Top 25 CTOs.

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