Standing on the shoulders of giants
I have been involved with the foundation since it’s early days when I attended the first London meetup. When I started the hubot-symphony project, I had an account on the public Symphony POD and that was it. Like many open source projects, I started with a selfish purpose, to facilitate moving existing chat bot tools used in my day job onto the Symphony platform as part of evaluating Symphony. Building software to interface with an API without access to the system itself was certainly a challenge for a modern software engineer and I am glad to say the route I took is consigned to history thanks to the Open Developer Platform (ODP) provided by the Foundation. I want to discuss my initial development approach and how that has evolved as the Foundation has matured.