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We're using JIRA now at Braintree. We were using Trello. We love Trello, and I'm trying to find love for JIRA. Kinda hard. :-(

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The building blocks of API management

Update: I was joined by some great panelists yesterday. Very nice and interesting to also experience the growth of the Internet of Things!


I’ve been invited back to speak at the Apps World North America conference, happening May 12-13 at Moscone West in San Francisco, CA. This is a great conference, with a focus on mobile apps. I’m looking forward to networking and sharing my own expertise and experiences integrating, building, launching and managing APIs the last 6 years.

The developer conference & exhibition provides two days of high level insight and discussion around a massive and ever-growing industry - mobile apps. Expected to attend are some 10,000 developers, mobile marketers, mobile operators, device manufacturers, platform owners and industry professionals.

The conference features 11 different targeted workshop tracks, speed networking, one to one meetings, parties and includes 6 free to attend developer workshop tracks and a free exhibition with over 350 exhibitors. I’ll be speaking as part of the paid track on API Strategies.

Here are some of the API topics that I and the other panelist have been asked to cover:

  • What are the critical building blocks of API management?
  • What are useful tools & techniques to manage multiple APIs for your business?
  • How do you successfully manage your technical API interface?
  • How do you achieve seamless integration with enterprise systems?
  • Exploring the importance of Quality API Documentation
  • Tips and trick to manage your community (via blogs, forums, support desks etc.)
  • Monitoring the lifecycle of your API and assessing its effectiveness

And here is a teaser and my brief take on some of these topics.

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Catch me at Apps World 2014

It's been far too long since my last blog post here. Twitter is all too convenient and I seldom have time to post something as informational as I'd like. That said, I'm taking the time now to mention that I'll be speaking at the Apps World 2014 North America conference in San Francisco on Feb 5-6, 2014.

I've been invited to be a panelist for their API Strategies Workshop on Feb 5. Some of the questions that I'll help try to answer:

  • Why develop an API – what’s the business case?
  • What benefits are there, uses, challenges?
  • Internal API’s vs External APIs – assessing different approaches
  • Planning, tools, and platform strategy
  • Security, scalability and performance

I have an immense amount of experience developing APIs, most recently for Live Nation Entertainment, where I manage the event discovery and ticketing commerce APIs that are used to power all of our mobile products. I'm also evangelizing opening up (to some degree) our APIs at Ticketmaster as well as leading product strategy for a new enterprise API that will be built upon our shiny new ticketing back-end. 

I have many examples and professional case studies for the benefits to developing an API, for opening up access and for making sure what you decide to build and launch will actually get used ("if you build it, they will come" does not always apply).

I've seen the value to providing alternative Web interfaces to data for a while, dating all the way back to the early-to-mid 2000's, when I decided to leverage trendy standards like RSS, feed readers and widgets, to deliver personalized, timely results to Realtor.com users. Now, I'm helping to build complex Rest interfaces that asynchronously manage the e-commerce flow for thousands of mobile app users every day.

I've launched multiple developer portals, managed developer networks, blog about how to use API and write API documentation for my products. I also help manage the set up and configuration of the Ticketmaster API. 

Looking forward to sharing my experiences and knowledge with others. It's not too late to register for the event. Hope to see you there!

How to automatically stop charging your phone

It should come to no surprise for those that know me, but I'm a bit of an "Internet of Things" fan. Years ago I caught the IoT bug and I don't see it going away anytime soon. I'm constantly thinking of ways to automate my daily life, both at home and at work. I've been using Tasker for my Android phone since 2010, for everything from saving my battery to automating geo and event-based notifications (my wife appreciates it when my device texts her that I left work). 

Then something called IFTTT (If This Then That) came along and openend up another world of possibilities - letting the layman (ie - non-developer or non-techie) create cloud connections between services and apps that would nornally never be integrated. Yahoo! experimented with this when they launched a product called Yahoo! Pipes but it fell flat because it wasn't something the average consumer could understand how to use - API? What's an API?.

Now, automation is reaching the masses and store shelves. WiFi is popping up in everthing now: light bulbs, switches, security cameras, thermostats, coffee-makers. This enables connectivity to the cloud, which means connectivity to Web hooks, APIs and cloud-based ETL services like IFTTT and Zapier. Simply put: your favorite apps - example: Instagram and Google Drive - can now talk to each other, which means a whole plethera of integration opportunities (commonly called recipes or connections) to help make your life easier by automating the routine stuff you do everyday.

But enough of the background. Let's walk through how to use some of these tools together to help you with something you do on a daily or nightly basis: charge your smartphone. 

The story
As a smartphone user, I want to limit how long my phone charges for so that I don't overcharge my battery. Lithium-ion batteries will perform better and have an overall longer life if they're not always left on the charger (at 100%) or fully discharged (0%).

The solution
In short: an app on my phone (Tasker) will send an SMS "trigger" to the cloud ETL service (IFTTT), which will then take the "action" of turning off the charger by cutting the power to the outlet (WeMo Switch device). 

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How not to serve ads... by Yahoo!

It's late on a Wed night before the NCAA tournament is to start, you want to get your bracket picks in, you sign in and go to the bracket page... and what? You see two med recs stacked on top of one another, thereby making it impossible to fill out your bracket.

Stupid yahoos at Yahoo! cannot serve ads properly

Then, you start this blog post, go back to the site to see if they've fixed it and...

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