Delivered 2015-08-27 at QCon Rio 2015, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil



Prepared Talk







Adaptable Clients and Evolvable APIs

Code Patterns and Best Practices for Building Web Clients

As the speed of feature release for Web and Mobile Apps continues to increase, 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? Who much change is reasonably possible when both client and API are able to evolve over time?

This session reviews twelve patterns and practices for building APIs that can safely evolve over time and client applications that can adapt to those changes w/o relying on explicit versioning systems or repeated re-deployment. Whether you are responsible for building Web front-ends or APIs to serve those apps, this session will help you identify key principles to increase the adaptability and evolvability of your Web implementations.

Speaker : Mike Amundsen

Director of API Architecture, API Academy, CA Technologies

An internationally known author and lecturer, Mike Amundsen travels throughout 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, Amundsen heads up the API Architecture and Design Practice in North America. He is responsible for working with companies to provide insight on how best to capitalize on the myriad opportunities APIs present to both consumers and the enterprise.

Amundsen has authored numerous books and papers on programming over the last 15 years. His last book was a collaboration with Leonard Richardson titled "RESTful Web APIs" published in 2013. His 2011 book, “Building Hypermedia APIs with HTML5 and Node”, is an oft-cited reference on building adaptable Web applications. He is currently working to complete a new book - "Learning Client Hypermedia" due out from O’Reilly in late 2015.