Developing software in the Real World

Build a Delightful API with Serverless TechnologyPresented at CodeMash, January 2018

What makes an API or microservice delightful? An intuitive interface, consistent behaviour, and a reliable, scalable platform. This talk will cover how serverless technologies can help you to deliver all of these things for your API, ensuring that developers will want to work with your API over the competition. I'll cover how to design, build and deploy for serverless platforms, and how to use an API gateway to turn incoming HTTP requests into events that trigger those serverless functions. I'll share some top tips for solid API design – both from a technical HTTP standpoint and with developer experience firmly in mind. After this session, you'll be building and iterating on first-class APIs and microservices, and developers will be clamouring to use them.

Serverless APIs in SwiftPresented at muCon, November 2017

Serverless systems allow us to concentrate solely on our code and let the provider deal with infrastructure issues such as scaling and routing. Serverless is best known for responding to events, however it is also an excellent choice for APIs and microservices. In this talk I looked at how to use Apache OpenWhisk to implement APIs using the Swift programming language.

Protect Your API With OAuth2Presented at Code.Talks, September 2017

OAuth 2 is the gold standard for authentication in APIs and in this talk I took a deep dive into how it works and how to implement an OAuth 2 server in your API. There are a number of work flows in OAuth 2 for different scenarios including mobile apps and websites connecting via JavaScript, so I looked at each one and showed how to implement the password and client credentials grant types.

Serverless APIs in SwiftPresented at APIDays, September 2017

Serverless systems allow us to concentrate solely on our code and let the provider deal with infrastructure issues such as scaling and routing. Serverless is best known for responding to events, however it is also an excellent choice for APIs and microservices. In this talk I looked at how to use Apache OpenWhisk to implement APIs using the Swift programming language.

Deployment within a traditional IT environmentPresented at PHPSW user group, August 2017

Building line-of-business web applications for clients with traditional IT departments brings its own set of challenges when it comes to DevOps. In particular, the IT department adds additional constraints that you may not see in more forward-thinking companies. Rob Allen explores these complexities and shares some solutions he and his team came up with in order to use modern development practices in nontraditional environments. You’ll learn how CI tools with appropriate scripting enable reliable delivery of a quality product on IBM i and Windows. Rob also covers the organizational and technical challenges encountered when IT departments are not used to developers having a say in the server environment and shows you why it’s worth spending time getting them on board.

Implementing Serverless PHPPresented at JeffConf Open Space, July 2017

Serverless applications have a number of benefits and JavaScript is the most common language to write serverless functions in. Why not PHP? In this talk, I will discuss how I implemented first class PHP support into the Apache OpenWhisk platform. I look at how OpenWhisk works, how the PHP support is implemented and then walk though an example PHP serverless Slack application.

Implementing Serverless PHPPresented at DPC Unconference, June 2017

Serverless applications have a number of benefits and JavaScript is the most common language to write serverless functions in. Why not PHP? In this talk, I will discuss how I implemented first class PHP support into the Apache OpenWhisk platform. I look at how OpenWhisk works, how the PHP support is implemented and then walk though an example PHP serverless Slack application.

5 features of a good APIPresented at PHPSC, June 2017

Everyone is writing APIs from micro-services through to full applications, but what makes a good one? In this session we’ll go back to the basics and look at what I consider to be five of the more important architectural features that you should think about when creating an API. These are the features that ensure that your API plays well with HTTP and, more importantly, make your API a delight to maintain and work with. I want you to ensure that your API is a good HTTP citizen, while also providing developer-friendly features like thoughtful error handling and documentation.

5 features of a good APIPresented at Lead Developer, June 2017

Everyone is writing APIs from micro-services through to full applications, but what makes a good one? In this session we’ll go back to the basics and look at what I consider to be five of the more important architectural features that you should think about when creating an API. These are the features that ensure that your API plays well with HTTP and, more importantly, make your API a delight to maintain and work with. I want you to ensure that your API is a good HTTP citizen, while also providing developer-friendly features like thoughtful error handling and documentation.