Video: Highlights from August’s API Meetup

API design guidelines are an integral part of developer experience, not to mention the overall success of your API product. On Aug. 15, we had the pleasure of hosting three knowledgable members from the industry at our ShipEngine headquarters in Austin, to speak on the importance of this topic.

Are you interested in attending future gatherings of the Austin Homegrown API Meetup? Join the group’s distribution list to get notifications and updates about future meetings and speakers. If you’re unable to attend next month, no worries. We share the videos and slide decks from every #AustinAPI meetup, right here on the blog!

Importance of API Guidelines by Mike Kistler, IBM

Mike Kistler delivered our keynote presentation at August’s meetup, addressing the various API Design Guidelines he and his colleagues have implemented at IBM.

He currently leads a team that is creating a first-class developer experience for IBM Cloud platform, focused especially on the generation of Software Development Kits (SDKs) for IBM Cloud services from OpenAPI definitions.

Download a copy of Mike’s presentation here, or view it above to hear his foolproof methods for developing strong and clear API Design Guidelines.

How to Test APIs When You Don’t Know the Language, by James Lockwood, Yuuvis

Javascript developer at Yuuvis, James Lockwood, also offered a great perspective on the challenges he faced—and tools he used—when testing APIs in different programming languages. This presentation offers great insight for those intimidated by testing in languages they’re not fluent in.

If you’re interested in seeing a PDF of James’ presentation, we’ve got you covered!

Lightning Demo on Spectral by Vincenzo Chianese, Stoplight

We were also excited to welcome a few friends from Stoplight.io, who were visiting their Austin headquarters from abroad. Software Engineer, Vincenzo Chianese, guided us through a lightning demo of Spectral, Stoplight’s recently launched open source, flexible JSON linter. Check out his presentation from the #AustinAPI meetup to see how this new product helps promote consistency within API design.


The Austin Homegrown API Meetup includes professionals from around the area who create, consume, or simply care about APIs. Add your name to the Meetup group to learn more about upcoming speakers and their presentation topics.

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