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APIs are transforming the business world at an increasing pace. Good API design means starting with the API-first principle - understanding who is using the API and what they want to do with it - and applying basic design skills to match customers' needs while solving business-critical problems.

Using the Sketch-Design-Build method it is possible to create reliable and scalable Web APIs quickly and easily without a lot of risk to the day-to-day business operations. This method allows to create clear sequence diagrams, accurate specifications, and machine-readable API descriptions, all reviewed, tested, and ready to turn into code.

In this interview, Mike Amundsen talks with Erik Wilde about this method for designing and building great Web APIs.

About Erik

Erik has a technical background, holding a Ph.D. in computer science from ETH Zürich. He spent most of his professional career in academia, working on computer communications and structured information in general, and in the space of Web architecture and engineering specifically. He left academia 2011 and since then has helped companies like EMC, Siemens, and CA Technologies to deliver their solutions through APIs. Erik's main focus these days is on the strategic and programmatic side of things: how to get from the general goal and vision of digital transformation to a functioning and productive API landscape.

As part of the Catalyst team, Erik focuses on the following areas:
  • Planning and execution of the Accelerate program
  • Helping clients with formulating and reviewing API strategies
  • Helping clients to formulate and execute API programs
  • API design and API product management
  • Contributing to standardization activities in the API space

About Mike Amundsen

An internationally known author and speaker, Mike Amundsen travels the world consulting and talking about network architecture, Web development, and the intersection of technology and society. He works with companies large and small to help them capitalize on the opportunities APIs, Microservices, and Digital Transformation present for both consumers and the enterprise.

Amundsen has authored numerous books and papers. He contributed to the O'Reilly Media book, "Continuous API Management" (2018). His "RESTful Web Clients", was published by O'Reilly in February 2017 and he co-authored "Microservice Architecture" (June 2016). Amundsen's 2013 collaboration with Leonard Richardson "RESTful Web APIs" and his 2011 book, “Building Hypermedia APIs with HTML5 and Node”, are common references for building adaptable Web applications. His latest book -- "Design and Build Great APIs" -- for Pragmatic Publishing is scheduled for release in early 2020.

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