Last week I attended API Strategy & Practice conference in Chicago. This is a quick recap of my overall experience without getting too much into the individual presentations and panels.
First though, this trip included one of the more bizarre travel fiascos that I’ve experienced. I’ve had flights delayed or cancelled plenty of times due to weather, equipment problems, or even missing flight staff but this was the first time that my travel was delayed 38 hours because some guy decided to self-harm and set the basement of a major air traffic control center on fire. The extra time in Chicago proved enjoyable for the most part though so I shouldn’t complain too much.
As for the conference itself, I’d say there was nothing particularly mind-blowing but that’s probably because I’ve been trying to read everything I can about the space for the last couple years. There were some very good subtle points brought up that gave me more to think about though. I think the most compelling talks for me were on the not-typically-exciting subjects of documentation and testing. Mostly, it was a reaffirmation of a lot of what I’ve learned and have been trying to follow recently.
The real value of this conference was the “hallway track.” I got to spend a good amount of time talking with people who are actually working on a lot of the same problems that I am and I found those discussions especially informative. I came away inspired to update my development workflow to encourage better documentation and testing. I’ll write about this in more detail in the coming