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API Design Reviewer's Starter Set

By Arnaud Lauret, June 29, 2020
Explore subterranean needs! Plunder hoards of inconsistency! Battle legendary design flaws! The API Design Reviewer’s Starter Set is your gateway to exhaustive and constructive API design reviews. It contains the essential rules of design reviews plus a few tips and trick that will be of great help on your perilous adventures in the API world.
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The Design of Everyday APIs

By Arnaud Lauret, June 28, 2020
Well-designed APIs are a joy to use; poorly-designed APIs are cumbersome, confusing and frustrating, just like everyday things. During this session, I make a parallel between everyday things design and API design to expose simple but fundamentals design principles.
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API Styleguide, the Lord of API Designs

By Arnaud Lauret, November 12, 2017

Join Frodo, Gollum and Gandalf on an epic API design adventure. In this session, based on my own experience defining and sharing API design common practices in my company and based on the API styles guides that I have collected on apistylebook.com, we will discover why we desperately need API style guides and how they can or cannot help us create a smooth API surface for a company.

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...And GraphQL for all?

By Arnaud Lauret, September 29, 2017
GraphQL is new. GraphQL is cool. Look! Github dumped REST for it! We MUST do it too! Well, why not. GraphQL could be a great tool, but like any tool, you don't choose it "just because".You choose it because it solves a problem in a given context. You choose it knowing its strengths and weaknesses. During this session, while discovering what is GraphQL we will see what REST API providers should think about before blindly dumping REST for it
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OpenAPI Trek Series - Part 3

OpenAPI Trek Beyond API Documentation

By Arnaud Lauret, November 28, 2016
OpenAPI offers many possibilities that span the full API lifecycle, yet it is seen purely as a solution for generating API documentation. This session will tell the story of AXA Banque's evolution from .doc and .pdf API documentation to the extensive use of OpenAPI Specification (formerly Swagger). Throughout the journey, we will identify the many advantages of API definition languages beyond simply generating API documentation, including design, testing, documentation continuous delivery, code generation, mocking, and prototyping new ideas.
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Developing an API Strategy for 2017 (API Strat Boston 2016)

By Arnaud Lauret, November 23, 2016

Shortly before API Strat, I have participated to an API experts panel on Developing an API Strategy for 2017 organized by Smartbear with Laura Heritage, Matt Bernier, Ole Lensmar and Tony Tam hosted by John Purcell.

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OpenAPI Trek Series - Part 2

OpenAPI Trek Into Fastness

By Arnaud Lauret, November 19, 2016
Often reduced to Swagger UI and seen purely as a solution for generating API documentation, the OpenAPI (fka. Swagger) Specification format offers many possibilities that span the full API lifecycle. In this session we will identify some of the many advantages of this API definition from design to production, including topics such as design, mock, development, test, documentation continuous delivery, securely evolve an existing API. All this contributing in accelerating and securing API's lifecycle.
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API Style Guides Fireside Chat with Ronnie Mitra (API Days London 2016)

By Arnaud Lauret, November 17, 2016

API Days London 2016, take 2! I was very happy when Ronnie Mitra (@mitraman) from the API Academy invited me to do a fireside chat on API Style Guides at API Days London.

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OpenAPI Trek Series - Part 1

OpenAPI Trek

By Arnaud Lauret, November 10, 2016
For many still known as Swagger, the OpenAPI specification is often reduce to auto-generated API documentation. But the OpenAPI specification universe is boundless. Design, mock, development, test, documentation continuous delivery, governance, deployment... there are countless possibilities that span the full API lifecycle. Let's board the starship OpenAPI to explore unexpected use cases, to seek out new usage and new ideas, to boldly go where almost no one has gone before.
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