The speed of feature release for web and mobile apps continues to increase, but it can grow costly and time consuming to constantly rebuild and redeploy client applications—especially through app stores, where updates can take more than a week to appear. What if you could add new features to an existing client without repeatedly installing new versions of the application? What would the code look like? What changes are needed to create a client that can adapt to changes in the service API? How much change is reasonably possible when both the client and API are able to evolve over time?
Mike Amundsen offers 12 patterns and practices for building APIs that can safely evolve over time and client applications that can adapt to those changes without relying on explicit versioning systems or repeated redeployment. Whether you are responsible for building web frontends or APIs to serve those apps, Mike helps you identify key principles to increase the adaptability and evolvability of your web implementations.
Mike will take part in Office Hours on Tuesday, April 12 at 12:15 PM in the Mercury Complex. Come by and meet him!
An internationally known author and lecturer, Mike Amundsen travels the world consulting and speaking on a wide range of topics, including distributed network architecture, web application development, and other subjects. In his role of director of architecture for the API Academy, Mike heads up the API architecture and design practice in North America. He is responsible for working with companies to provide insight on how to best capitalize on the myriad opportunities APIs present to both consumers and the enterprises themselves. Mike has authored numerous books and papers on programming over the last 15 years. His most recent book, RESTful Web APIs, is a collaboration with Leonard Richardson published by O’Reilly in 2013. His 2011 book, Building Hypermedia APIs with HTML5 and Node, is an oft-cited reference on building adaptable web applications. His forthcoming book, Learning Client Hypermedia, will be published in 2016 by O’Reilly Media.
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