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The Future of the API: REST, gRPC, GraphQL and More

Modern APIs must meet many demands. They must help your developers be productive. They have to perform well, scale to meet demand, and be reliable. And they must be consumable by a variety of devices and other services. How can you write good APIs that meet all those needs now, and can safely evolve over time?  

This track will cover how technologies like gRPC and GraphQL help meet some of these challenges. We'll also see what the future holds for REST, and what tools and techniques help manage APIs in the distributed world of microservices.


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SESSION + Live Q&A API

Next Generation Client APIs in Envoy Mobile

Relentlessly pursuing a consistent user experience means deploying a server with 100% reliability is ineffective if it’s not matched by our mobile applications. Learn how Lyft’s Client Networking team has evolved Lyft APIs to create consistency between mobile platforms and the...

Jose Nino

Software Engineer @lyft and Envoy Maintainer

SESSION + Live Q&A London

Introducing and Scaling a GraphQL BFF

In 2020, many developers are sold on GraphQL, and are choosing to introduce it to their codebase in the form of a "Backend For Frontend" API. But what happens next? After a year or two in production, this GraphQL BFF might need to scale to serve more than just a single application.This...

Michelle Garrett

Software Engineer @Twitter

SESSION + Live Q&A API

A Brief History of the Future of the API

The API landscape is constantly shifting. In the olden days, an API was just a way of coding against somebody else’s libraries. With the rise of networks in the 1990s, APIs became distributed across multiple systems, and we created patterns, standards and frameworks to make building those...

Mark Rendle

Co-Author of gRPC for WCF Developers and Creator @VisualRecode

PANEL DISCUSSION + Live Q&A API

Panel: How to Make the Future Become Your Present

"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop to look around once in a while, you could miss it." - Ferris Bueller    Software development moves pretty fast. What's new and amazing one moment is old and boring the next. How do you keep up with all the changes, and figure...

Mark Rendle

Co-Author of gRPC for WCF Developers and Creator @VisualRecode

Richard Li

Founder and CEO @datawireio

Michelle Garrett

Software Engineer @Twitter

SESSION + Live Q&A API

Moving Beyond Request-Reply: How Smart APIs Are Different

Integrating microservices or other components is hard, as it involves taming distributed systems. New API technologies are great, but can't magically solve all underlying challenges. This talk distills real-life experiences around typical architecture patterns. You will understand why you...

Bernd Ruecker

Co-founder and chief technologist @Camunda

SESSION + Live Q&A Interview Available

The Future of Cloud Native API Gateways

The introduction of microservices, Kubernetes, and cloud technology has provided many benefits for developers. However, the age-old problem of getting user traffic routed correctly to the API of your backend applications can still be an issue, and may be complicated with the adoption of cloud...

Richard Li

Founder and CEO @datawireio


Speakers from this track

Jose Nino

Software Engineer @lyft and Envoy Maintainer

Jose Nino worked on Lyft’s Networking team for 2+ years building out infrastructure that enabled Lyft to scale technically and socially as it developed and rolled out an Envoy-based service-oriented architecture. He was instrumental in building control plane technologies, and resilience...

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Michelle Garrett

Software Engineer @Twitter

Michelle Garrett is a Software Engineer at Twitter, where she is part of the team building Twitter's large scale GraphQL API. Prior to Twitter, Michelle worked on a GraphQL implementation at Condé Nast, powering the international Vogue websites. Michelle is an organiser of Node Girls, which...

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Mark Rendle

Co-Author of gRPC for WCF Developers and Creator @VisualRecode

Mark has been developing software professionally for over 30 years, and has lived through many paradigm shifts in the way applications are designed, built and delivered. He now works as an independent consultant and teacher, helping people build cloud-native .NET applications and migrate their...

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Richard Li

Founder and CEO @datawireio

Richard Li is cofounder and CEO of Datawire. Datawire provides several popular open source tools to accelerate Kubernetes development, including Telepresence (local development) and the Ambassador API Gateway. Richard is a veteran of multiple technology startups including Duo Security, Rapid7,...

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Bernd Ruecker

Co-founder and chief technologist @Camunda

I have been the in the software development field for more than 15 years, automating highly scalable workflows at global companies including T-Mobile, Lufthansa and Zalando and contributing to various open source workflow engines. I’m Co-Founder and Chief Technologist of Camunda – an...

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Track Host

Thomas Betts

Lead Editor for Architecture and Design @InfoQ & Principal Software Engineer @OmdiaHQ

Thomas Betts is the Lead Editor for Architecture and Design at InfoQ, and a Principal Software Engineer at Omdia. For over two decades, his focus has always been on providing software solutions that delight his customers. He has worked in a variety of industries, including retail, finance, health...

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