Just been to this Tech Talk at Devacademy.
The rough guide to APIs: A history lesson in three parts, ad-libbed and live.
Owen Evans takes us on a look back at the world of the mysterious API. Learn what API’s exist for, what’s the different between REST, SOAP, JSON, WS-*, OAUTH and many other crazy acronyms. Learn what makes a good API, how to approach building one and what pitfalls you should consider.
Owen is currently CTO of Hoist, http://hoist.io
Hoist is a developer platform for building integrated applications. He works with and builds APIs all day every day.
Previously Owen was the Chief Architect at Xero where he helped bring the Xero API to life amongst other claims to fame.
It was interesting and I think I got some of it. I am sure I will get my head around all of the jargon. An idea I was wondering about, could you have students doing NCEA creating a programme that linked / connected with an API and then they could see something happening from the code they wrote?? Or would what they have to write be too complicated for school level? Hmmm…