Quick Docker Getting Started

Docker’s cool.  I mentioned this before, but hadn’t really made a great example for you to use for your own nefarious purposes… until now. I’ve created a base github repository where you can fork it, create your own docker container, and you and your users cal pull it to wreak consistently architected havoc all over […]



Promises, promises

This has got to be the fifty-bazillionth post about javascript promises with the same title out there, but I had a very particular problem I was trying to solve and had trouble finding the answer so once I got it working I wanted to share it with you. The challenge came about because I was […]

Glue-ing together APIs for GlueCon 1

Last year, at Defrag, I made my IoT rube goldberg machine made up of a sphero, hue lightbulb, raspberry pi and my drone.  I might have accidentally almost attacked the audience with the drone.  But it was a success and entertaining for all. This year, instead of doing that, I’m doing a fitness Rube Goldberg machine. […]



New Book on MEAP: Irresistible APIs 1

APIs have been exploding across the internet for several years now, but we are just now getting to the point where the industry can start implementing best practices in design.  Up until now, most APIs have been designed at the architecture level, figuring out what the backend system does and exposing that functionality to users in […]

Ask the Princess: Episode 1

This is the first in a series of posts entitled “Ask the Princess.”  I am a princess and a polymath, and I’ve got lots of opinions and experience around various things.  Topics covered here will be mostly about building APIs, but can cover martial arts, parenting, politics, or anything else anyone chooses to ask me […]



Docker for Simple Use Cases

As you probably know, I work as an API Evangelist at Akamai, and we’ve been working to decrease the learning curve for getting started with our APIs.  We’ve got an excellent online tutorial and our evangelists travel around giving workshops to our customers so they can get some hands-on experience using the system. Unfortunately, the system […]

Connect All the Things!

At Defrag this year, I gave a presentation entitled “Connect all the things” – a demo of connecting 4 IoT devices together in a rube goldbergy fashion.  The theory was this: My computer ran a node.js server which controlled the sphero and the Philips Hue lightbulb My raspberry pi had a light sensor and a […]


Amazing Street Art

In London, I stayed at the Hoxton Hotel, and was treated to an amazing transformation outside of my hotel window.  Note that these pics were taken in panoramic mode on my iPhone 5s, and I claim no excellent technique or even motivation to do anything other than share this beautiful art.  As far as I am […]

API Playground

As a developer evangelist who frequently works with other developer evangelists, we sometimes find it hard to get people to understand what’s awesome about APIs. I’ve gotten pretty good at API 101 – teaching people what an API is and how it can create opportunities for a company, but now I’m ready to move on […]



API Codex (previously API Alchemy)

One of my first projects at 3scale is API Codex – a centralized portal for great information about APIs around the web.  There are many fantastic articles, presentations and books available for people to learn about APIs, but nowhere for folks to find them all – until now! I’m very excited about this, not just […]