Building Applications with the Simple Cloud API

Cloud Computing
Location: Portland 251
Tags: cloud
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The Simple Cloud API is a project sponsored by several leading vendors (Zend, Go Grid, IBM, Microsoft, Nirvanix and Rackspace). In this session we’ll take a look at how to use the API to access different kinds of cloud services in an open, flexible way.

Most cloud APIs require programmers to think about arcane details instead of business logic. The Simple Cloud API lets you write one application that runs with multiple cloud vendors, despite the differences in their APIs. This session will show you how to use it to write elegant, flexible, business-oriented code that insulates your application from the APIs and wire formats underneath.

We’ll wrap up the session with a discussion of how you can add support for other providers by implementing the Simple Cloud API yourself.

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Doug Tidwell


Doug Tidwell is a Senior Software Engineer in IBM’s Emerging Technology group. He was a speaker at the first XML conference in 1997, and he has been working with markup languages, Web services and SOA (the technologies beneath the cloud) for many years. His presentations have been featured at dozens of conferences around the world, and his JavaOne presentation on cloud computing earned him a Rock Star award in 2009.

His job as a technology evangelist is to explain the standards and technologies behind Cloud Computing and to help customers integrate them into their overall business architectures and strategies. He is the author of many articles on IBM’s developerWorks site (, and is the author of O’Reilly’s book on XSLT, a copy of which makes a perfect gift for any occasion.

He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with his wife, daughter and dog.

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