Carl and Richard host a now-rare telephone-based conference call (remember when these were cool?) with Glenn Block, Henrik Nielsen and Darrel Miller about Web API. But first the conversation has to deal with the reality of having Henrik Nielsen on the call - a former graduate student of Tim Berners Lee and a guy who worked on the very beginnings of the World Wide Web! But the main topic is Web API and the reasons, strengths and approaches to using Web API.
Glenn Block is a PM on the Azure team providing support for hosting of node.js applications in the cloud on Windows Azure. He has experience both inside and outside Microsoft developing software solutions for ISVs and the enterprise. He has also been active in involving folks from the community in the development of software at Microsoft. This has included shipping products under open source licenses, as well as assisting other teams looking to do so. He is also very subdued.
From Wikipedia: Henrik Frystyk Nielsen is a Danish engineer and computer scientist. He is best known for his pioneering work on the World Wide Web and subsequent work on computer network protocols.
Nielsen's Web work began at CERN, when he became Tim Berners-Lee's first graduate student, and shared an office with Håkon Wium Lie, the co-inventor of Cascading Style Sheets. They developed together the Arena web browser. It was at this time he began work with Berners-Lee, and later joined Roy Fielding et al. Nielsen was invited by Berners-Lee to join the technical staff of the newly formed World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) in 1994. He joined the staff of W3C in March 1995, and continued work on HTTP and other Web protocol topics such as the Line Mode Browser and libwww. Nielsen was one of the principal authors of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) specifications, published in 1996. He then managed the development of a "next generation" called HTTP 1.1, published in 1999. He left W3C in July 1999.
Darrel Miller has spent 20 years writing line of business applications for manufacturing companies. The last 5 of those has been spent attempting to apply the principles of REST to building these systems. He is a Microsoft Integration MVP and a member of the Microsoft Web API advisory board.
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