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The rise of APIs and service-oriented architectures has made it easier than ever before to build complex web applications. But the developer tools we use were made for a simpler time, one where developers had more control over all of the software they ran. Today, web applications contain many heterogeneous components, all talking to each other across the network, many of them SaaS apps. For many, "testing" in production has become the only way to make sense. I'll talk about why we need to rethink the software development life cycle, what it looks like to code against prod, and how API-centric observability is the way to do both without blowing up our tech stacks.
Jean Yang is the founder and CEO of Akita Software. Previously, Jean was a professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. Jean has a PhD from MIT and was selected as one of the MIT Technology Review's 35 Innovators Under 35 in 2016. You may also know Jean from her other work as the co-producer of Zoom Bachelorette and Zoom Bachelor.