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Thursday, 13 September 2012


Akamai, Again

I’ve spent the last year working at Rackspace, and it’s been quite a ride. However, I joined there thinking that our work on HTTP was winding down.

Turns out, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Not only is HTTP/2.0 happening, but there’s a lot of exciting new work on HTTP “APIs” to do.

“The Rack” was very supportive of my work, but I’ve felt conflicted about spending so much time working on HTTP when it’s not part of the company’s mission; they’re all heads-down working on OpenStack (as they should be!). I’ve made a lot of friends there in the past year, and the last thing I wanted to do was to let them down.

As a result, I started looking around for a better match for what I want to do. In particular, I was looking for somewhere to support me throughout the work we’re just starting on HTTP/2.0, and also to continue the development of HTTP API infrastructure and specs, and to do so as part of their core mission.

After looking around and talking to a bunch of folks (thanks to everyone for their time!), I found a company that had great alignment with my goals.

It just so happens that I’ve already worked there.

The first time around, I didn’t even have this blog, so lots has changed, both for Akamai and for me. It should be fun; stay tuned.


Kurt Griffiths said:

Bet of luck! I hope you’ll continue your work on promoting HTTP “API” best practices; it’s sorely needed. It would be great to see a website dedicated to the topic.

Thursday, September 13 2012 at 11:32 AM

Mark Baker said:

What’s old is new again (in more ways than one ;-)! Congrats, Mark.

Friday, September 14 2012 at 3:51 AM

Harry Max said:

The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few :-( “The Rack” will miss you. -Harry Max

Friday, September 14 2012 at 5:01 AM

karl dubost said:

Congratulations, Mark. Cool for you and very cool for the HTTP Working Group.

Friday, September 14 2012 at 12:42 PM

Huw Davies said:

Congratulations on the new job. I’ve just moved roles and know how stimulating this can be! We’ve both moved forward from the days at La Trobe…

Wednesday, September 19 2012 at 9:02 AM

hungnv said:

Congratulation, Mark!

Thursday, September 27 2012 at 1:31 AM