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  • Having The Dedication To Lead An API Effort Forward Within A Large Enterprise Organization

    Having The Dedication To Lead An API Effort Forward Within A Large Enterprise Organization

    I work with a lot of folks who work in large enterprise organizations, institutions, and government agencies who are moving the API conversation forward within their groups. I’m all too familiar...

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  • Talking Healthcare APIs With The CMS Blue Button API Team At #APIStrat In Nashville Next Week

    Talking Healthcare APIs With The CMS Blue Button API Team At #APIStrat In Nashville Next Week

    We have the API evangelist from one of the most significant APIs out there today at #APIStrat in Nashville next week. Mark Scrimshire (@ekivemark), Blue Button Innovator and Developer Evangelist...

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  • Understanding The Event-Driven API Infrastructure Opportunity That Exists Across The API Landscape

    Understanding The Event-Driven API Infrastructure Opportunity That Exists Across The API Landscape

    I am at the Kong Summit in San Francisco all day tomorrow. I’m going to be speaking about research into the event-driven architectural layers I’ve been mapping out across the API space. Looking...

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  • Sadly Stack Exchange Blocks API Calls Being Made From Any Of Amazon's IP Block

    Sadly Stack Exchange Blocks API Calls Being Made From Any Of Amazon's IP Block

    I am developing an authentication and access layer for the API Gallery that I am building for Streamdata.io, while also federating it for usage as part of my API Stack research. In addition to...

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  • Justifying My Existence In Your API Sales And Marketing Funnel

    Justifying My Existence In Your API Sales And Marketing Funnel

    I feel like I’m regularly having to advocate for my existence, and the existence of developers who are like me, within the sales and marketing funnel for many APIs. I sign up for a lot of APIs,...

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  • I Am Needing Some Evidence Of How APIs Can Make An Impact In Government

    I Am Needing Some Evidence Of How APIs Can Make An Impact In Government

    Eric Horesnyi (@EricHoresnyi), the CEO of Streamata.io and I were on a call with a group of people who are moving forward the API conversation across Europe, with the assistance of the EU. The...

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  • Being Open Is More About Being Open So Someone Can Extract Value Than Open Being About Any Shared Value

    Being Open Is More About Being Open So Someone Can Extract Value Than Open Being About Any Shared Value

    One of the most important lessons I’ve learned in the last eight years, is that when people are insistent about things being open, in both accessibility, and cost, it is often more about things...

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  • Please Refer The Engineer From Your API Team To This Story

    Please Refer The Engineer From Your API Team To This Story

    I reach out to API providers on a regular basis, asking them if they have an OpenAPI or Postman Collection available behind the scenes. I am adding these machine readable API definitions to my...

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  • Providing Minimum Viable API Documentation Blueprints To Help Guide Your API Developers

    Providing Minimum Viable API Documentation Blueprints To Help Guide Your API Developers

    I was taking a look at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) API documentation for the VA Facilities API, and intending on providing some feedback on the API implementation. The API itself is...

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  • Some Ideas For API Discovery Collections That Students Can Use

    Some Ideas For API Discovery Collections That Students Can Use

    This is a topic I’ve wanted to set in motion for some time now. I had a new university professor city my work again as part of one of their courses recently, something that floated this concept...

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  • Stack Exchange Has An API That Returns The Details For All Of Your Access Tokens

    Stack Exchange Has An API That Returns The Details For All Of Your Access Tokens

    I’m a big fan of helpful authentication features, where API providers make it easier to manage our increasingly hellish environment, application, token, and other management duties of the average...

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  • The Path To Production For Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) API Applications

    The Path To Production For Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) API Applications

    This post is part of my ongoing review of the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) developer portal and API presence, moving on to where I take a closer look at their path to production process,...

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  • An API Value Generation Funnel With Metrics

    An API Value Generation Funnel With Metrics

    I’ve had several folks asking me to articulate my vision of an API centric “sales” funnel, which technically is out of my wheelhouse in the sales and marketing area, but since I do have lots...

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  • Allowing Users To Get Their Own OAuth Tokens For Accessing An API Without The Need For An API Application

    Allowing Users To Get Their Own OAuth Tokens For Accessing An API Without The Need For An API Application

    I run a lot of different applications that depend on GitHub, and use GitHub authentication as the identity and access management layer for these apps. One of the things I like the most about...

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  • My API Storytelling Depends On The Momentum From Regular Exercise And Practice

    My API Storytelling Depends On The Momentum From Regular Exercise And Practice

    I’ve been falling short of my normal storytelling quotas recently. I like to have at least 3 posts on API Evangelist, and two posts on Streamdata.io each day. I have been letting it slip because...

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  • Remembering That APIs Are Used To Reduce Everything Down To A Transaction

    Remembering That APIs Are Used To Reduce Everything Down To A Transaction

    This is our regular reminder that APIs are not good, nor bad, nor neutral. They are simply a tool in our technological toolbox, and something that is often used for very dark reasons, and...

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  • The Federal Agencies Who Use Their developer.[domain].gov Subdomain

    The Federal Agencies Who Use Their developer.[domain].gov Subdomain

    I was reviewing the new developer portal for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and one of things I took notice of, was their use of the developer.va.gov subdomain. In my experience, the...

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  • What Have You Done For Us Lately (API Partner Edition)

    What Have You Done For Us Lately (API Partner Edition)

    I’ve been working on developing and evolving the Streamdata.io partner program, trying to move forward conversations with other service providers in the space that have existed long before I...

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  • The Basics Of The VA API Feedback Loop

    The Basics Of The VA API Feedback Loop

    I’m working to break down the moving parts of API efforts over at the VA, and work to provide as much relevant feedback as I possibly can. One of the components I’m wanting to think about more is...

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  • Why I Feel The Department Of Veterans Affairs API Effort Is So Significant

    Why I Feel The Department Of Veterans Affairs API Effort Is So Significant

    I have been working on API and open data efforts at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for five years now. I’m passionate about pushing forward the API conversation at the federal agency...

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