The Conversation of Learning
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Iíve been going on-site and talking with clients about how to build APIs using Apigee for about a year now. While my role is to teach people, Iím always learning new stuff not just about how people are adapting to the App Economy but how they use Apigee and how they WANT to use Apigee.
So, when I was asked if I could translate my small-group, intimate, intense-back-and-forth training program into a series of online recordings and exercises, my first thought was, ďBut we canít talk to each otherÖĒ The whole idea of a one-way brain dump was the complete opposite of how I work.
Of course we live in the world of online communities and now that weíve launched the first week of Create and Manage APIs Iím feeling kinda stupid about being worried about people reaching out online.
We have a Community Forum and almost immediately questions started coming in -- what are the best tools for building an API and I think Iíd do your example more like this... We also got technical questions about node.js which Greg Brail jumped in on (heís the guy who designed the Apigee node.js implementation).
But, to me, the really cool part is the interaction between people who signed up for the course talking to each other -- different perspectives, different ideas on how things can, and are, done.
This is what I love about getting on airplanes and going to windowless conference rooms in faraway places. Obviously not the trip, but the interaction with people who have new ideas about how the App Economy is unfolding and how we can use it.
So, I wanted to say, ďThank youĒ to those not only attending the Create and Manage APIs course online, but to encourage you to keep the conversation going -- the only way weíre going to all keep learning new things is if we keep talking about them.
[BTW -- Itís not too late to join and catch up with self-paced, on-line Learn course, Create and Manage APIs. Sign up at http://pages.apigee.com/learn-create-and-manage-apis-registration.html]
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