The first conference dedicated to the WordPress REST API is on its way to selling out. A Day of REST will be held January 28, 2016, at Conway Hall in London. The venue has a capacity of 250 people and Petya Raykovska, one of the organizers from Human Made, reports that more than half the tickets have already been sold.
The event is aimed at developers who want to learn how to use the new API and explore applications that are already using it. Speakers include WP REST API project leads and contributors, plus developers who are actively using the API at major companies including WIRED, Bocoup, Automattic, and the New York Times.
The full event schedule has not yet been finalized but a few of the sessions have been posted with highlights of what to expect. Automattic engineer Nikolay Bachiyski will be speaking on building applications like Calypso using the REST API. WordPress 4.4 release lead Scott Taylor will be going in-depth on how the REST API powers the New York Times’ live coverage platform. More session highlights are available on the event website.
The event will be followed by a WordPress REST API hack day hosted by Mozilla on January 29th. Anyone interested in joining the WP API project team to contribute is welcome to attend.
This is an exciting time for the project with the scaffolding for the REST API recently landing in WordPress 4.4 and endpoints on their way to getting merged in 4.5. If you want to be ready to build websites and applications with the REST API in 2016, this is one of the most important WordPress conferences you can attend. Tickets are £125.00 (+ VAT & booking fees), which includes the presentations, lunch, breaks, swag, and an informal after-party.