APIStrat 2014 Wrap-up

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 days months.

Hello again, world!

I figured it’s time to start the whole personal website thing again. “But, Dave, you’re a Python developer; why would you use WordPress,” you ask?!

Trying to be one of the cool kids I experimented with using static site generators like Pelican (and even Octopress!) I just really couldn’t get them to do what I wanted and in the end I found composing posts in Markdown was actually eating up more of my time (with formatting) than anything else. In the end I decided that I want to spend my time on problems that are interesting to me; mucking around with a new blogging framework is not one of those problems. I also decided to abandon posts from my old blogs as most of the technical information there is out-of-date at this point and the personal posts are downright boring. I may eventually export things and give the static site generators another go but here I am for now.