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"Such a rich set of affordances” - A Hypermedia Tale - Mike Amundsen's Presentation from Defrag Conference

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Principal API Architect at Layer 7 Technologies - Mike Amundsen gave this talk at Defrag Conference 2012

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"Such a rich set of affordances” - A Hypermedia Tale - Mike Amundsen's Presentation from Defrag Conference

  1. 1. “Such a rich set of affordances” - A Hypermedia Tale Mike Amundsen Principal API Architect @mamund 1
  2. 2. “Improve the quality and usability of information on the Web.” 2
  3. 3. “Help people build great APIs.” 3
  4. 4. “Hypermedia Junkie.” 4
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  10. 10. James J. Gibson “The Ecological Approach to Visual Perception” (1986) Coined the term “affordance” Environments provide niches of appropriate affordances Animals survive/thrive when they can exploit the affordances in their niche“An affordance is a quality of an object, or an environment, which allows an individual to perform an action.” 10
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  14. 14. Donald A. Norman “The Design of Everyday Things” (1988) “In the Head” and “In the World” Seven Stages of Action / Action Lifecycle Helps establish the field of HCI (Human-Computer Interaction)“The value of a well-designed object is when it has such a rich set of affordances that the people who use it could do things that the designer never imagined.” 14
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  19. 19. Roy T. Fielding “Architectural Styles and Design of Network-Based Software Architectures” (2001) Relying upon “Representation” and “Hypermedia” Inventor of “REST” style Transfer “State”, not “Objects”“The information becomes the affordance through which the user obtains choices and selects actions.” 19
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  22. 22. Alfred H. S. Korzybski “Science and Sanity” (1933) Coined the phrase “The map is not the territory” We experience the world only indirectly; via our language and its abstractions Humans are “time-binders”“The only possible link between the objective world and the linguistic world is found in structure and structure alone.” 22
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  32. 32. “Such a rich set of affordances” - A Hypermedia Tale Story by Mike Amundsen Art by Dana Amundsen 32

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