Bruno Pedro


June, 2024

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Found at “Pluralistic: Against Lore (27 May 2024) – Pluralistic: Daily links from Cory Doctorow” on 2024-06-21 23:47:46 +02:00.

writing is lying. Storytelling is genuinely weird.

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The gaps between API consumer lifecycle stages. What can fill the space that exists between different API consumer lifecycle stages? The gaps are where the most friction exists. Making sure that there’s a seamless transition between stages feels crucial. Image

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Found at “Software Friction” on 2024-06-18 18:02:20 +02:00.

Friction compounds with itself: two setbacks are more than twice as bad as one setback.

Related to API Friction.

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I’ve just been invited to be one of the teachers on an upcoming product-related training initiative. At first, I felt reluctant because I thought that it would distract me from my lifelong path of learning. But then, slowly, I realized that teaching would be a way for me to learn more. I would learn about the students’ experiences, I would learn how to adapt my teaching to their needs, I would learn what other teachers have to show, and I would learn how to teach better. I accepted the invitation and I’m preparing a session on the topic of “API Product.”

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Found at “Tolerant Reader” on 2024-06-12 16:07:05 +02:00.

be as tolerant as possible when reading data from a service. If you’re consuming an XML file, then only take the elements you need, ignore anything you don’t. Furthermore make the minimum assumptions about the structure of the XML you’re consuming.

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Found at “Did we give up before AI arrived? | Seth’s Blog” on 2024-06-12 15:21:09 +02:00.

The system that pushed us to turn our writing into oatmeal and our art into paint by numbers was here long before OpenAi showed up.

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Lately, I’ve been feeling I’m not getting enough juice from the social media feeds I follow. I don’t know if it’s the algorithms, the people I’m following, or just my change of appetite.

So, I’m investing more time into subscribing to and aggregating content directly from blogs. I hope that, by consuming directly from the source, I’ll be able to get better quality content.

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Found at “How our brains cope with speaking more than one language” on 2024-06-11 11:39:13 +02:00.

the ability of bilingual and multilingual speakers to separate the languages they have learned is remarkable. How they do this is commonly explained through the concept of inhibition – a suppression of the non-relevant languages.

I’ve been experiencing this almost all my life since I’ve always interacted with several languages on a daily basis.

Speaking a second or even a third language can bring obvious advantages, but occasionally the words, grammar, and even accents can get mixed up.

Totally, and this is something native speakers often don’t understand and think we, multilingual people, are just being lazy because we don’t want to learn how to speak properly.

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There’s some mysterious process at work here which I don’t even want to understand.—Philip Guston

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Found at “PostgREST Tutorial: APIs made easy” on 2024-06-10 09:44:04 +02:00.

PostgREST is the quiet workhorse of API development, letting you tap into the power of PostgreSQL without getting bogged down in boilerplate code.

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Found at “Building AI products — Benedict Evans” on 2024-06-10 09:39:43 +02:00.

the user never sees the prompt or the output, or knows that this is generative AI at all, and both the input and the output are abstracted away as functions inside some other thing

This is exactly how I see AI—and any other technology—unfold. It follows what I call “The Illusion of Immediacy.”

with any new technology, we begin by trying to make it fit the problems we already have, while the incumbents try to make it a feature (hence Google and Microsoft spraying LLMs all over their products in the last year). Then startups use it to unbundle the incumbents (to unbundle search, Oracle or Email), but meanwhile, other startups try to work out what we could build that would be truly native to the new technology.

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Found at “Documenting API Workflows with Arazzo” on 2024-06-06 09:23:06 +02:00.

Arazzo is a major step forward in providing a standardized approach to documenting API workflows.

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Found at “Silicon Valley’s Gold Rush Roots—Asterisk” on 2024-06-04 10:16:34 +02:00.

In 1855 miners in Grass Valley began a discussion club to exchange the latest ideas, and (…) the California Mining Journal, began publication there the following year.

California Mining Journal Volume 49, Number 6. A copy of the California Mining Journal Volume 49, Number 6, from February 1980. Highlights include the decrease in available public lands and price controls. Image

May, 2024

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Found at “Common myths about platform engineering | Google Cloud Blog” on 2024-05-31 10:52:43 +02:00.

modern software systems are larger and more complex today than before, and the role of platform engineering has become increasingly vital in today’s world

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Something I always keep in mind is “don’t design too much.” If you intuitively feel that this is a good idea, you can make a good decision right then and there.

That’s something I feel is a key point in design.—Tamotsu Yagi

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Found at “WP21 | Matt Mullenweg” on 2024-05-28 12:28:50 +02:00.

Everyone developing and making decisions for software needs to use it.

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Found at “Chromium Blog: Advancing Our Amazing Bet on Asymmetric Cryptography” on 2024-05-24 21:28:49 +02:00.

We think the important next step for quantum-resistant authentication in HTTPS is to focus on enabling trust anchor agility.

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Something to pay attention to when working with thousands of APIs.

Found at “Rare things become common at scale” on 2024-05-21 18:19:32 +02:00.

scale causes rare events to become common

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The change triangle. Meta-narratives set change in motion by creating a shared story to work toward. Micro-narratives contribute to, and draw from, this shared story. And mechanisms do the work required for change. But it is the social networks that distribute these narratives and spread the work through the system—Snowden et. al., 2022 (PDF). Image

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Found at “Google announces Firebase Genkit with Ollama support · Ollama Blog” on 2024-05-21 14:09:47 +02:00.

Google unveiled Firebase Genkit, featuring Ollama support for running Google’s open-source Gemma model on your local machine

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Found at “The Notifier Pattern for Applications That Use Postgres” on 2024-05-14 11:42:46 +02:00.

Listen/notify in Postgres is an incredible feature that makes itself useful in all kinds of situations.

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Found at “Introducing the Model Spec | OpenAI” on 2024-05-09 00:29:53 +02:00.

We are sharing a first draft of the Model Spec, a new document that specifies how we want our models to behave in the OpenAI API and ChatGPT

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Cover of the API Changelog Magazine issue 0.1.0. This is an experimental issue to obtain feedback and understand if doing a magazine—digital and print—makes sense. Image

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Found at “Magazines aren’t dying—just ask these indie publishers - Fast Company” on 2024-05-02 09:47:15 +02:00.

There’s anecdotal evidence of an emerging and thriving community of indie publishers—a return to the magazine industry’s analog existence, but in a totally new way.

About advertisers, the article adds:

What the ad is saying reflects on the magazine itself. He isn’t promoting anything. He is supplying people with good people, good content. He is a curator.

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We are not taught in schools to be invested in the process and in learning and discovering things.—Jessica Stockholder

April, 2024

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Found at “An API Product Manager’s Honest Take on Bruno Pedro’s book, “Building an API Product” | by The API Nerd | Apr, 2024 | Medium” on 2024-04-29 11:44:09 +02:00.

Michaela Halliwell published a review of “Building an API Product.”

If you’re interested in API products, work on API products, or simply curious about the intricate world of digital product management, Bruno Pedro’s electric lemon yellow book, _Building an API Product: design, implement, and release API products that meet user needs i_s a guiding light.

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Found at “Vinod Khosla’s 12 Predictions About The Future | by Seekmeai | Apr, 2024 | Medium” on 2024-04-26 21:48:48 +02:00.

most consumer access to the internet will be mediated by agents acting on behalf of users. These agents will filter information, perform tasks, and protect users from marketers and bots.

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Found at “A Sketch of the Biggest Idea in Software Architecture” on 2024-04-26 21:46:47 +02:00.

the web doesn’t have incompatible versions, and JSON was explicitly designed by Doug Crockford to be versionless.

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Found at “How To Create An API Business Product | Nordic APIs |” on 2024-04-26 17:48:28 +02:00.

Nordic APIs published a review of “Building an API Product.”

These are just a few insights from Pedro’s marvelous book, which is stuffed with practical and actionable advice that’s technical enough for advanced users but legible enough for complete beginners. If you find yourself intrigued after reading this API business product primer, we recommend reading Building an API Product in its entirety. It’s one of the best technical API guides we’ve read in recent memory.

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Found at “No Abstractions: an Increase API design principle — Increase” on 2024-04-26 17:32:38 +02:00.

Instead of inventing our own names for API resources and their attributes, we tend to use the vocabulary of the underlying networks.

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I’m writing a piece about how documentation can also be a source of friction. Documentation has its undeniable value, especially when it helps people use technical products. However, it also needs the attention of consumers. The more comprehensive and explanatory documentation is, the more attention it consumes.

I find this as an interesting paradox. While short, to-the-point documentation can lack detail, it also reduces the friction of using technical products.

Permalink: Thoughts About Immediacy

Immediacy in the present time is more about not postponing gratification and less about control. The amount of ever-present information makes it almost impossible to be attentive to what truly matters. Instead, we spend our time consuming whatever reaches us, always trusting the source.

What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention, and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it. — Herbert A. Simon

People feel addicted to consuming information because they fear what they don’t yet know. They want to always be in the know. They don’t want to look ignorant.

Unseen sunset. The unknown is probably the most powerful force there is to convince people into doing things. Not knowing something generates anxiety and you naturally want to fight it. It’s human nature to eliminate as much uncertainty as possible. Image

Being able to always know more—independently of how useful the information is—is a powerful pleasure device. We prefer to feel the immediate pleasure of knowing that we know than to feel we’re missing some important piece of news we don’t know about yet.

Why do we humans crave immediacy? I believe humans crave immediacy because it provides instant gratification and a sense of being part of the experience. The desire for instant gratification is often associated with difficulty coping with uncertainty, coming from a lack of future perspectives. — in The Illusion of Immediacy, Bruno Pedro, October 2020.

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Found at “Changelog-Driven Releases” on 2024-04-23 11:21:49 +02:00.

Imagine a changelog that serves not just as a history, but also functions as a source of truth for releases.

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Found at “The Ruler of API Governance - by Bruno Pedro” on 2024-04-09 17:49:17 +02:00.

(…) things like API versioning, authentication and authorization, monitoring, analytics, and compliance need to follow what governance dictates. Depending on your business objectives you’ll find some aspects are more worthy of being governed than others.

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Found at “What is API Governance? | API Evangelist” on 2024-04-09 17:47:25 +02:00.

API governance will be where enterprises govern the change that occurs across the industries they operate in, and absorb or exacerbate the change and velocity of their factory floors and supply chains.

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Found at “OpenInterpreteropen-interpreter: A natural language interface for computers” on 2024-04-02 11:07:50 +02:00.

Open Interpreter lets LLMs run code (Python, Javascript, Shell, and more) locally. You can chat with Open Interpreter through a ChatGPT-like interface in your terminal by running $ interpreter after installing.

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Found at “qingyun-wuautogen-eval” on 2024-04-02 11:05:05 +02:00.

AutoGen: Enabling Next-Gen LLM Applications via Multi-Agent Conversation

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Found at “ShishirPatilgorilla: Gorilla: An API store for LLMs” on 2024-04-02 11:04:22 +02:00.

Gorilla: Large Language Model Connected with Massive APIs

March, 2024

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Found at “flydelabsflyde:” on 2024-03-24 21:11:06 +01:00.

Flyde is an open-source visual programming language built to integrate with your existing codebase. It allows you to create and run visual programs and is designed to complement and enhance traditional textual coding, not to replace it.

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I was watching a SXSW interview with Ray Kurzweil where he mentioned the singularity, the advancements in AI, and how humanity is changing at an incredible velocity.

The most interesting thing to me is not much where all the advancements are taking us. Instead, I’m fascinated by the exponential velocity of how technology has been advancing.

What takes a few months with today’s technology can probably be achieved in a few minutes 10 years from now.

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Found at “Understanding API Complexity Through Schema Entropy - Stephen Mizell” on 2024-03-13 11:03:55 +01:00.

there are cases where API providers want to increase entropy as they evolve their APIs. One scenario is when they are evolving a request body schema.

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Found at “Curation (vs the road to junk) | Seth’s Blog” on 2024-03-13 10:46:29 +01:00.

Economic pressure pushes for more, now. But more now might be stealing from we stand for something.

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Definition of good woowoo by Alan Kay. Good woowoo, according to Alan Kay, is the ability to translate hard rules into creativity. Image

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On Saturday I attended—and presented at—the Product Weekend. I had never been to this kind of event and it felt refreshing, compared to the usual conferences. Here, the number of participants is limited, the conversations are meaningful, the presentations are super targeted and the whole experience doesn’t feel exhausting.

Presenting at the Product Weekend. This is me giving a talk about building API—and other technical—products. In the slide you can see the cover of my book “Building an API Product.” This talk happened on March 2, 2024 in Barcelona. Image

Two presentations were about Product Management leadership roles. The presenters were a Head of Product and a CPO. One thing I confirmed from those presentations and subsequent conversations was that most people end up being Product Managers by accident.

Yes, I was surprised to hear someone in a leadership position say it. I could even extrapolate that most people end up in management positions by accident. This includes Product Managers and also Engineering Managers.

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Found at “The Beautiful Mess | John Cutler | Substack” on 2024-03-03 16:10:51 +01:00.

The thought process was not put in writing or communicated. The real strategy sits in people’s brains (continuous and unconscious) and is converted to a plan, pillars, or targets/goals.

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Found at “Defcon: Preventing Overload with Graceful Feature Degradation” on 2024-03-01 11:01:38 +01:00.

To prevent overload from impacting its products, Meta developed a system called Defcon. Defcon provides a set of abstractions that allows incident responders to increase available capacity by turning off features, an idea called graceful feature degradation. By dividing product features into different levels of business criticality, Defcon also allows oncallers to take a variety actions depending on the severity of an ongoing incident.

February, 2024

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Found at “Governing API Consumption - by Bruno Pedro” on 2024-02-24 18:07:43 +01:00.

Instead of using your API consumers would import and use code that solves the problems they have. By controlling the end-to-end experience your chances of introducing breaking changes are reduced.

Regular, ad-hoc, and SDK API consumers. Each type of consumer comes with its kind of governance. API producer governance works best with regular consumers. API implementation governance is best suited for ad-hoc consumers. API consumer governance produces the best outcome for SDK consumers. Image

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Found at “Observable 2.0 | Observable” on 2024-02-16 11:28:51 +01:00.

Modern development is built on files. When every tool uses files, it’s far easier to incorporate a new tool into your workflow.

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Found at “I am a creative.” on 2024-02-14 15:22:18 +01:00.

I am a creative. I believe, as a parent believes, that when I am gone, some small good part of me will carry on in the mind of at least one other person.

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Found at “Non-code contributions are the secret to open source success” on 2024-02-13 15:41:05 +01:00.

It’s difficult to overstate how important non-code contributions are to open source. “Even if you write an amazing program, no one will use it if you don’t explain what it does and how to use it,”

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Found at “Command Line Interface Guidelines” on 2024-02-13 11:30:51 +01:00.

An open-source guide to help you write better command-line programs, taking traditional UNIX principles and updating them for the modern day.

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Found at “What it was like working for GitLab” on 2024-02-09 14:21:32 +01:00.

if I had instead lived in the Bay Area, I would’ve earned at least twice that amount, possibly even more.

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Found at “OpenAI compatibility · Ollama Blog” on 2024-02-09 09:27:15 +01:00.

Ollama now has built-in compatibility with the OpenAI Chat Completion API, making it possible to use more tooling and application with Ollama locally.

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Found at “How to Choose the Best iPaaS for Your Business” on 2024-02-06 18:45:19 +01:00.

With so many available iPaaS solutions, how do you know which one to pick? It’s not just a matter of technology choice. There are other factors to consider when choosing an iPaaS solution that aligns with your business strategy.