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Tuesday, February 10 • 11:00am - 11:40am
Strange But True: Counterintuitive Paths to Building a Business on APIs

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"Documentation is the your most important feature, even if nobody reads it.” 

"You should start with a finished product, even before you take your first steps.”

These lessons may be counter-intuitive, but they’re key to building a best-in-class API. During this talk, you’ll hear from Thomas Bouldin, an engineer at Parse, who will share these and other pieces of advice that can help any developer achieve better API design. Parse (acquired by Facebook in 2013) is a tool that enables companies to build mobile apps simply and easily, removing the need to build a complex backend. By providing a mobile backend as a service, Parse enables companies such as GroupOn, Orbitz, VIMEO, FOX, and Showtime to build their apps quickly and easily, and ensures that the apps have a great customer experience. Parse has risen to become a top Backend-as-a-Service provider, serving tens of billions of API requests each month. And unlike many companies which expose API access to an already successful product, Parse built its entire business on API design. 

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Thomas Bouldin

Software Engineer, Parse/Facebook
Thomas Bouldin is an engineer at Parse, a Facebook cloud-based platform that provides scalable cross-platform services and tools for developers. As an early engineer at Parse, Thomas has had a hand in almost every feature Parse ships, and is most known for his work on push notifications... Read More →

Tuesday February 10, 2015 11:00am - 11:40am PST
Pier 27 Pier 27, The Embarcadero, San Francisco, Ca

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