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I’m very excited that Ian Griffiths has joined endjin as a “Technical Fellow”. This is a new career pathway branch we created especially for Ian, as he didn’t really fit into any of our existing roles; his skills and expertise exemplify a pathway that many software engineers desire, but few have the opportunity to achieve […]


OpenAPI Document Converters for Visual Studio 2017

by Howard van Rooijen

In my previous post I documented a technical spike I carried out to see how I could take the OpenAPI.NET SDK and create a Custom Tool in Visual Studio, in particular a Single-File Generator, that could be used to improve the Azure Functions v1 local development experience. Since then the OpenAPI.NET SDK reached v1.0 and while I was […]


OpenAPI code generators for Visual Studio

by Howard van Rooijen

Building RESTful APIs is a common activity at endjin. If you’ve seen our API Maturity Matrix, you’ll realise that we spend quite a lot of time thinking about the strategy, governance, legal, commercial, and operational side of building APIs along with the standard concerns of design, development, quality, infrastructure and support. One of the most […]


We’re talking about Cosmos DB at Future Decoded 2017!

by Howard van Rooijen

We’re very excited to announce that at Future Decoded on 01 November from 11:30 – 12:30 in L3 – Session Room 11, we’re going to be sharing our experiences with Cosmos DB! Co-presenting with Microsoft’s Phil Harvey, endjin’s Director of Engineering, James Broome and Engineer Mike Larah are going to provide an overview of Cosmos […]


Over the last few week’s I’ve been catching up on my reading backlog and serendipity meant that I read Simon Sinek’s “Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action” which was published in 2009, shortly followed by Satya Nadella’s “Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft’s Soul and Imagine a Better Future […]


Digital Transformation is the buzzword of the moment; organisations are trying to reconfigure themselves to operate in the digital age. One of the key enablement strategies involves putting APIs at the heart of the organisation to centralise access to data, logic and value, while removing those traditional barriers that prevent collaboration between organisational silos. APIs […]


How to plan your cloud transformation journey

by Howard van Rooijen

This week I received an email from someone who asked how they could use our free Thought Leadership content to help their organisation move to the cloud. I realised that although we’ve released a lot of content, we’d never talked publicly about the rationale behind them and how they are all interconnected. Our Thought Leadership […]


Best of the Recorded Azure Sessions at BUILD 2017

by Howard van Rooijen

For this week’s edition of our Azure Weekly Newsletter, I reviewed all the Azure related sessions from BUILD that are now available on Channel 9 and categorised them into the standard grouping we use for Azure Weekly. If you’re not a subscriber, I’ve included the list below: Compute Container apps on Azure App Service are […]


At the start of 2017 James Broome, endjin’s Director of Engineering was asked to give a talk to the latest Collider cohort about how Microsoft can help start-ups via the BizSpark programme. After the event we were asked by the Microsoft UK Small and Medium Business team if we would like to be interviewed about […]


2 Day Microsoft Bot Framework Hackathon with Watchfinder

by Howard van Rooijen

Jonathan Gill CTO, Watchfinder Jonathan Gill is CTO at Watchfinder. Watchfinder buys watches from members of the public, returns them to as new condition, warranties them, and sells them back to the public via their website and retail stores. They have grown to 120+ staff, and turnover £70 million per year. On the 3rd of […]


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