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At NDC-London, Carl and Richard moderated an amazing panel about Web API... panelists included Glenn Block, Darrel Miller, Pedro Felix, Christian Weyer, Dominick Baier and Daniel Roth. What's the future hold for Web API? Is it headed the way of WCF? Can anyone get a word in edgewise around Glenn Block? Some great questions from the audience toward the end of the show as well.


Glenn is a product manager for Splunk's developer experience. A hardcore coder professionally for almost 20 years, he cares deeply about making developers' lives easier. Glenn lives and breathes code and is rumored never to actually sleep. He's also a big supporter in the shift toward cloud development having played a key role at Microsoft in supporting OSS stacks in Windows Azure. He is an active contributor to node.js and .net OSS projects, a supporter of the community, and a frequent speaker internationally. He does have a personal life, which he shares with his wife and 9 year old daughter in Seattle usually while caffeinated.


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.


Pedro is a learner, developer and teacher. Pedro Félix is a professor at ISEL, the engineering school of the Lisbon Polytechnic School, and a member of the CCISEL R&D center. He is also an independent consultant, currently working with the Service Delivery Broker team at SAPO. Pedro started his professional career in the mid–90s, developing and teaching about embedded systems using the x86 assembly and C languages. Since then, he has been climbing up the stack until reaching the Web. Currently, his main interests are on the area of Web APIs, namely: architectural styles, programming models and execution infrastructures, identity management and access control. Pedro is a member of the Web API advisory board and co–author of the upcoming book Designing Evolvable Web APIs with ASP.NET, to be published by O'Reilly in 2013.


Christian Weyer is a well-known veteran in designing and implementing distributed applications architectures. With his company Thinktecture he has been focusing on end-to-end aspects of distributed software systems in the past 16 years. His toolset includes technologies like ASP.NET, WebAPI, SignalR, WCF, or Microsoft Azure. These days he is rather a friend of lightweight architectures based on Web APIs and Push Services and focuses on mobile-first applications on various client platforms. The national and international developer and architect community knows Christian from his weblog, webcasts, forums activities, user group talks and conference performances. He was selected as one of the Microsoft MVPs for ASP.NET and is an independent Microsoft Regional Director for Germany. Get in touch with him at christian.weyer@thinktecture.com or http://weblogs.thinktecture.com/cweyer/.


Dominick works as an associate consultant for the Germany-based company thinktecture (http://www.thinktecture.com). His main area of focus is security in general and identity & access control in particular. He helps customers around the world implementing claims-based identity, single sign-on, authorization and federation in their web applications, services and APIs. Dominick is an international conference speaker and the author of “Developing more-secure ASP.NET Application” and co-author of the Microsoft Patterns & Practices “Guide to Claims-based Identity and Access Control”.

Besides his normal work, Dominick currently creates the new .NET 4.5 identity & access control curriculum for PluralSight to help the developers and IT pros to get started with claims-based identity and the whole ecosystem around it.

You can find Dominick’s blog at http://www.leastprivilege.com and his various open source projects (which includes the very popular security token service called thinktecture IdentityServer) at https://github.com /thinktecture.



Daniel Roth is a Senior Program Manager on the Windows Azure Development Experience team at Microsoft. He currently works on ASP.NET Web API, a new framework for building HTTP services that can reach a broad range of clients including browsers and mobile devices. Prior to working on ASP.NET he worked on WCF starting when it first shipped in .NET 3.0. His passions include delighting customers by making frameworks simple and easy to use. He spends his spare time with his wife and two boys, Benjamin and Joshua. Prior to working on ASP.NET he worked on WCF starting when it first shipped in .NET 3.0. His passions include delighting customers by making frameworks simple and easy to use. He spends his spare time with his wife and two boys, Benjamin and Joshua.


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Running Time 56 minutes      Date Thursday, January 16, 2014     Comments Comments


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