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Head of Developer Evangelism | Xero
Prior to joining Xero, Sid was a developer evangelist at StackMob and PayPal and has over a decade of experience in software development. When he isn’t helping developers, Sid can be found training for his next Spartan obstacle course race.
Do you believe that client SDKs are an integral part of the developer experience? When evaluating APIs or platforms, one of the first thing most developers look for are SDKs in their preferred programming language. If it’s not listed, they'll move along in search of the 'right' tool.
If your company only focuses on the top three programming languages (as deemed by Stackoverflow), are you excluding developers from your community? For many, this doesn’t cross their mind, because programming language X is dead or a least that’s what blogs and social media tell us.
At Xero, they see OpenAPI specs and generated SDKs as a way to support a broad range of programming languages and attract more developers. They are still working through this process, which will require choices including how do they support a more diverse group of developers.
In this talk, Sid will discuss how they challenges will be coupled with the on going question of how to help less experienced developers using their SDKs.