Hoist and Api’s! – EDA Tech Talk

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…

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2 thoughts on “Hoist and Api’s! – EDA Tech Talk

  1. Absolutely! I think you could design a project like a blogging app, where you need to create a user and login and then save and retrieve data from an external database. The issue I would have it deciding what are the goals you want the student to achieve, is it to successfully integrate an API, or is it to learn the fundamentals of a programming language and using an API to assist them. It’s also something that in a school environment you could build up to, start small with HTML and CSS, move into building some JavaScript games at the second stage and then build an app using services like Hoist or Parse. Would be interested to see if any of the current standards have anything close to this in them?

  2. Hey Dylan, it would be to learn some fundamentals of a programming language. I think the standards have the scope for this but the question is how would you implement it / make it work so that students did a small part of the programme. Possibly at Level 3 it maybe possible for students to do quite a lot of it.

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