Delivered 2018-3-08 at Open Source Leadership Summit 2018, Sonoma, California, USA



Prepared Talk









The Future of Open APIs on the Web

Cathedrals in the Cloud


In 1999, the first edition of Eric S. Raymond’s book “The Cathedral and the Bazaar” was published by O’Reilly Media. Almost 20 years later, most open source coding projects follow Raymond’s “Bazaar” model.

With the rise of cloud-based services and Open Web APIs, it may be time to re-visit Raymond’s 19 “lessons” to see how they can be applied (and/or modified) to fit a world where much of the software we use is no longer installed locally and is often kept out of reach from most developers and users.

It seems each day we learn about bugs or security shortcomings in cloud-based software. And API projects are sometimes cancelled and abandoned without notice. Do we need more “eyes on the code”? Are cloud-based services treating their users like “co-developers”? Are API consumers encouraged to use cloud-based APIs in ways that were “never expected”?

Are we building Cathedrals in the Cloud? More importantly, what can we do to foster a healthy, safe, ethical, and successful Open API Community?

Speaker : Mike Amundsen

Lead API Architect, API Academy, CA Technologies

An internationally known author and lecturer, Mike Amundsen travels throughout the world consulting and speaking on a wide range of topics including distributed network architecture, Web application development, and other subjects.

In his role of Director of Architecture for the API Academy, Amundsen heads up the API Architecture and Design Practice in North America. He is responsible for working with companies to provide insight on how best to capitalize on the myriad opportunities APIs present to both consumers and the enterprise.

Amundsen has authored numerous books and papers on programming over the last 15 years. His collaboration with Leonard Richardson titled "RESTful Web APIs" was published in 2013. His 2011 book, “Building Hypermedia APIs with HTML5 and Node”, is an oft-cited reference on building adaptable Web applications. O’Reilly Media released his latest book - "RESTful Web Clients" in March of 2017.