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Danger of Creativity in the Workplace [Video]

Presented at TEDxUCDavisSF on May 17, 2015

Why GirlsWhoCode is Important

So much of what these young ladies are saying about programming is exactly how I feel about it! Their excitement and the passion is what will drive us into the future – people who think outside the box, are dedicated, and love what they’re doing. But so many do not have the opportunity, even to […]

RAML Merge

RAML Merge is a command line PHP script used to merge all RAML !includes into a single file for distribution or testing with services such as Postman. To merge files with the command line (PHP must be installed) simply run the script with a source file argument, like so: Remember to use the full path […]

API Meetup Groups

The following is a work in progress. Please contact me if you know of a good group to add to this list. Thanks! Address  --Search By City--Los Angeles, CASan Francisco, CAWashington, DCMiami, FLChicago, ILBoston, MABaltimore, MDDetroit, MINew York, NYNashville, TNAustin, TXDallas, TXHouston, TXAmerican Fork, UTSeattle, WA Radius 1 mi5 mi10 mi25 mi50 mi100 mi200 mi500 […]

Code on Demand… Today.

“Sometimes I feel that ‘over-engineering’ is this disease that is running wild in our industry and as architects we need to be on the constant watch to quickly eliminate it whenever encountered.” – Drew Jaegle, in response to API Best Practices: The Wrap Up Last week Jason Harmon asked me if there were any good […]

We want Diversity – As long as its the Same!

diversity, adjective: showing a great deal of variety; very different. No matter how hard they try, it seems like PHPUK (at no fault of their own) just cannot avoid a gender controversy.  In 2013 it was Web and PHP Magazine’s t-shirt debacle (a situation that was handled poorly all the way around), and this year- the […]

A Response to the Harassment of Female Tech Leaders

Before I jump into my thoughts, I wanted to throw out a quick disclaimer. Very seldom do I jump into this debate, just because it usually ends up with more angry tweets and comments than I care to read.  I also want to point out that I consider Amy to be an amazing woman, and […]

What the Heck are CURIEs?!

Short Answer: CURIEs provide a shortcut or template for linking to API documentation within a HAL based API response. Long Answer: CURIEs were implemented into HAL to let users identify/ group links while providing a URL template to shorten the linking process and reduce data transfer.  This was done to make the API more discoverable, although this concept […]

Podcast with HackathonMaven

Had a great time chatting with John (@jnconkle) from Sponsorship Hacks about what it means to me being a self-taught developer, the developer community, MuleSoft, APIs, academia, hackathons, and developer evangelism: You can listen to the full show and see show notes at http://hackathon.posthaven.com/mulesoft-evangelist-mike-stowe-is-completely-self-taught and be sure to check out his other interviews on SoundCloud. You can also […]

CPHL – the Cross Platform Hypertext Language

CPHL is an idea that I’m currently playing with as I’m exploring how to make API clients more dynamic, and less reliant on hard coded actions (currently the way most clients/ SDKs are written). The thought behind CPHL is to create an action based linking system (rather than resource based) that is capable of representing different […]

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