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Analyzing a software solution from an API perspective

By Arnaud Lauret, September 15, 2021

I regularly participate to CFP (Call For Proposals) aiming to choose a software solution. My role is to analyze solutions from an API perspective. And I do that even if there’s no specific API concern regarding the context in which the CFP is made. Why doing so and what to look at? This should be of interest for people having to choose a solution but also to people proposing them. Indeed, some (corporate) software solution vendors should take this seriously … Unless they want to finish at the bottom of the list.

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API Design Reviews Series - Part 2

An API design review is based on facts, not opinions

By Arnaud Lauret, September 8, 2021

If you’re an API design reviewer and, like the Who, you got a feeling inside that you can’t explain during an API design review, maybe you’re falling in love with the API designer… or more probably: you’re on the verge of giving an opinion. And that is a problem. What is the role of an API design reviewer? Distort API designs to their liking or objectively analyze them based on facts?

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Surviving my first (recorded) live coding session Series - Part 5

Improving live coding session tuning and rehearsing with VS Code

By Arnaud Lauret, September 1, 2021

Fifth and last post about my first ever (recorded) live coding session given at the Manning API Conference. Thanks to all the work done, I had a good setup, great visual style, titles over VS Code, speaker’s notes and was able to code at light speed. But I was hesitant and not fast enough when presenting, I needed to train myself and fine tune, optimize or remove content to make things smooth and keep in given time frame. And once again VS Code went to the rescue.

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Surviving my first (recorded) live coding session Series - Part 4

Live coding at light speed with VS Code

By Arnaud Lauret, August 25, 2021

This is the fourth post about my first ever (recorded) live coding session given at the Manning API conference. In this series second post, I listed some problems I encountered and started to solve them in previous post. But there are other problems to solve, one of them was that I was not coding and using VS Code fast enough. In this post, I’ll show you how I solved that using a few VS Code tricks, the most important one being: the absolutely rad custom code snippet feature.

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Electro Monkeys Podcast - Le Design des APIs Web

By Stéphane Beuret & Arnaud Lauret, August 25, 2021

C’est avec un grand plaisir que j’ai répondu à l’invitation de Stéphane Beuret pour parler d’API (en français pour une fois) dans son podcast Electro Monkeys. On y parle de lavabo, de mon livre (The Design of Web APIs, en anglais lui) mais aussi et surtout de design d’API, de sécurité, cycle de vie et gestion des erreurs. Toutes ces choses auxquelles il faut penser pour faire de bonnes API Web.

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Surviving my first (recorded) live coding session Series - Part 3

Slide deck like live coding with titles and speaker's notes using OBS and VS Code

By Arnaud Lauret, August 18, 2021

Third post about my first ever (recorded) live coding session given at the Manning API conference. In previous post, I encountered various problems. Two of them were related to not delivering the session like one of my regular slide deck presentation. I wanted to add titles and have speaker’s notes. In this post, I’ll show you how I solved those two problems with OBS, VS Code and a little bit of magic.

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Surviving my first (recorded) live coding session Series - Part 2

Preparing session content and realizing it's not working well

By Arnaud Lauret, August 11, 2021

Second post about my first ever (recorded) live coding session. So, here I was in my previous post: ready to record myself coding and talking without any slides… But I didn’t told the whole story, I actually struggled a lot before actually being able to record myself coding and talking. In the beginning, I had planned to do far more stuff and differently than what people had seen. In this post, I’ll talk about how I prepared content and realized that it was not working well.

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Surviving my first (recorded) live coding session Series - Part 1

Setting up everything to record myself coding and talking

By Arnaud Lauret, August 4, 2021

I did my first ever (recorded) live coding session at the Manning API conference. During 30 minutes I talked and coded … without any slides; that was totally new to me. While it started well, preparing and recording this session turned out to be quite complicated. At some moment, I was totally desperate and I thought I wasn’t going to make it. But I did it and learned a lot of stuff that deserves to be shared. In this first post, I’ll talk about how “it started well”: setting up OBS, mic, cam and VS Code to record myself speaking and coding.

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Supercharge OpenAPI to efficiently describe APIs

By Arnaud Lauret, August 3, 2021

If you want to discover the OpenAPI Specification format, this video is for you! In my first ever (recorded) live coding session, given at the 2021 Manning API Conference, I demonstrate basic, advanced, and even hidden features that will help you to efficiently create complete, accurate, and maintainable API descriptions when designing documenting APIs.

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An API gateway must be a dumb pipe

By Arnaud Lauret, July 28, 2021

An API gateway is a proxy that sits between API providers and their consumers. Its main role is to ensure that only authorized consumers consume some APIs. But API gateways usually come also with features such as request/response transformation and some of them even allow to code complex orchestration. Such transformation features can be very useful if used wisely. But they also can give terrible ideas with terrible consequences.

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