The Hypermedia API is certainly a controversial topic, regaining traction as it is claimed to be a solution to the Internet of Things. This more accepted nickname for HATEOAS [Hypermedia as the Engine of Application State], has been around for awhile now, mainly in the HTTP space, but is making headlines again with new potential use cases. To jumpstart The API Economist again, we thought we’d start closer to home with one of our own Azure API Management team members Darrel Miller, co-host of YouTube channel “In the Mood for HTTP” and owner of the Bizcoder blog. Darrel is a veteran software developer with more than 20 years of experience in all things HTTP, Hypermedia, HttpClient and the Web API.Read More
Paul Gebheim: Basically, we are all old web developers. In order to help us think for mobile, our iPhone guy said, "I'm going to teach a class and show you all how to program iPhone apps." We all were like, "Sweet, it's going to be awesome," but we had to come up with ideas for what to make. One of the ideas that our sysadmin, Jesse House, came up with was about an app that lets you put pins on a map wherever you drink a beer. The more you drink beer, the faster you fill up the map. In two days, one of our architects, Michael, went from knowing nothing about how to make an iPhone app to creating the original app called, "Beer Map," now renamed, "Beer Hunt."Read More
API Economist: How long have you been developing code, and what was it that got you interested?
David Walsh: That's a good question. I was sitting in my keyboarding class freshman year of high school, and my friend nudged me. He said, "Hey, check out this website.” It was a GeoCities website about Pulp Fiction. I said, "Oh, man. Whose is that?" He replied, "It's mine." I was totally blown away that you didn't need to be this big genius developer to create even a basic web page. That summer I totally nerded out and learned everything I could. I think I was 14 years old then, and I've been in love with web development ever since. I spent a ton of time back then using view source to see how people did things, and 15 years later I'm doing the same thing every day. So that is basically how I got into web development.Read More