APIs have been with us for 60 years or so. They come in all different shapes, sizes, and disguises. In this talk we’ll look at a few APIs, focusing on what makes them good, what makes them successful, and why the correlation between quality and success isn’t as high we might want it to be.
Joshua Bloch has designed APIs for over a quarter of a century. He was Chief Java Architect at Google and Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems. He led the design and implementation of numerous Java APIs and language features. He is the author of several books, including the bestselling, Jolt Award-winning Effective Java (Addison-Wesley, 2001; Second Edition, 2008). He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon and a B.S. from Columbia.