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.
By day Glenn Block works at Splunk making it easier for developers to work with Big Data as he drives development of Splunk’s Dev platform. By night, Glenn is an active maintainer and contributor of several OSS projects including scriptcs (https://github.com/scriptcs/scriptcs). He is a polyglot with his most recent favorite language being node.js, and he is very passionate about Web API development. Glenn is a frequent speaker internationally on various topics that affect developers and a published OReilly author. You can find him tweeting as @gblock into the wee hours of the night.
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 is CTO at Tavis Software. Tavis Software develops business software for small businesses. Darrel has been writing software professionally for 18 years. The last 5 years have been spent discovering the benefits and challenges of the REST architectural style.
His particular focus is on the use of REST to develop non-browser based line-of-business applications. He is a Microsoft Integration MVP and a member of the Microsoft Web API advisory board.
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