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Writing OpenAPI (Swagger) Specification Tutorial Series - Part 9

Extending the OpenAPI specification

By Arnaud Lauret, February 19, 2017

This is the end, my OpenAPI friends, the end. The end? Not really. This last part of the OpenAPI tutorial is a new beginning. With previous parts we have learned to master the OpenAPI specification but there’s a last thing to learn to unleash its full power: extensions. This format is easily extensible, it allows to add custom data within an API description. But for what purposes? Let’s have a glimpse of these extensions endless possibilities.

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...And GraphQL for all? A few things to think about before blindly dumping REST for GraphQL

By Arnaud Lauret, January 22, 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.

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Dr Jekyll and Mr API Handyman

By Arnaud Lauret, December 23, 2016

ICYMI, I’ve just switched from a self hosted Wordpress to a Jekyll static website hosted on Github. The code is available in the apihandyman.io repository. If you’re looking for information and tips about how to enable pagination on categories pages and have infinite scroll with Jekyll or how to to deploy a Jekyll website using custom plugins on Github Pages, you should take a look at it.

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...And GraphQL for all? (API Days Paris 2016)

By Arnaud Lauret, December 13, 2016
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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Read Evolving a Company’s IS in the Lego Computing Age on Nordic APIs blog

By Arnaud Lauret, December 6, 2016

If you wonder how to evolve a company’s IS in the lego computing age, read my post on Nordic APIs blog.

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OpenAPI Trek Series - Part 3

OpenAPI Trek Beyond API Documentation (API Strat 2016)

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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People First: A not so gonzo API Strat Boston 2016 coverage

By Arnaud Lauret, November 19, 2016

The last API Strat 2016 day, after the last talk, a man living in kentucky asked me something like What is the one thing you will remember about this conference?. I answered something like People First.

People First. This is definitely what sticks in my mind after this conference.

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OpenAPI Trek Series - Part 2

OpenAPI Trek Into Fastness (Nordic APIs Summit 2016)

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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