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RESTing on the Shoulders of a Giant: How Capital One Builds Its APIs

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November 4, 2016 2:00 AM

Boston, MA

Boston, MA

Since it was first introduced, the REST architectural style was plagued with a high degree of vagueness and a lot of ambiguity. The absence of a concrete reference implementation early on left it up to the most popular web APIs to establish themselves as the gold standard. To win the hearts and minds of every last web developer, the leading tech companies invested greatly in building RESTful APIs, and put tremendous resources behind evangelizing their own individual flavors of REST. Capital One is no exception to the rule. As counter-intuitive as it may seem to be for a financial institution of its caliber, and as challenging as it is being a player in an industry locked into archaic technology and restrained by regulations, Capital One is fully engaged in a company wide initiative to expose financial services through internal and public-facing APIs implemented in the latest and greatest open source technologies. This talk is about how Capital One does REST, where the stakes are much higher and the risks are well beyond giving customers the wrong turn-by-turn directions.

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