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Wednesday, October 9 • 1:00pm - 1:50pm
PRO FEATURED WORKSHOP: Taming the Rising Complexity of Event-Driven APIs

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Driven by consumer expectations and the proliferation of IoT, by 2023 30% of all the world’s data will be consumed in real time - that’s 1.5 times the entire amount of data consumed today. Corresponding to this, by 2020, 50% of APIs will be event-driven.

In this talk, I explore the often unforeseen complexities involved in both publishing and consuming event-driven APIs as adoption increases. Whilst initiatives like AsyncAPI are making significant progress in helping to define machine and human readable specifications, developers still need to think hard about which dimensions they want their event-driven APIs to deliver on in the future, before they dive in.

I will take you on a tour of different protocols that each address event-driven API challenges with varying proficiency, diving into, amongst others, scale, latency, quality of service, data integrity, interoperability, reliability and the pros and cons of push vs pull delivery. At the end of this talk I hope you will see that there is no silver bullet, but there are insights you can take from real-world problems we’ve seen first-hand, and apply that to the event-driven realtime APIs you are publishing or plan to publish soon.

API World 2019 Speakers
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Matthew O'Riordan

CEO and co-founder, Ably Realtime
Matthew O’Riordan is the technical co-founder of Ably, a globally distributed data stream network that is protocol agnostic. He has been a programmer for over 20 years. He first started working on commercial internet projects in the mid-90s, when Internet Explorer 3 and Netscape... Read More →

Wednesday October 9, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm PDT
API World -- Main Stage Theater