In this world where we have moved beyond web pages and build ever-more asynchronous applications, often things that go wrong result in errors we can't see. This session will give a very technical overview of HTTP and how to inspect your application's communications, whether on the web or on a mobile device. Using Curl, Wireshark and Charles, we can quickly and painlessly identify where the problem exists, without spending a lot of time making changes to our application to identify a problem. Whether you're debugging a backend API, an ajax request or an unexpected timeout, these are the tools you will want to have at hand.

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I just love HTTP :) We need way more HTTP talks at conferences.
Great speaker, I really like the way your talking. Very encouraging. But still I sometimes feel a bit uncertain about non-free / non opensource tool promotions. And I'm wondering if there might be good oss alternatives.

Really useful, most interesting talk so far!

One word: awesome. Can't tell you how many times I've updated config files to switch between Live and Test data... when Charles could have been doing it for me. Doh!

Great talk from a great speaker! :)

Rated 5

Anonymous at 11:57 on 22 Feb 2014

Great talk, thanks for sharing your knowledge.

Fantastic talk and very topical for myself. Sorry I didn't have a question but I put that down to how well Lorna covered the topic.

Learnt some useful tools but it strangely felt rushed at the same time as feeling like it could be delivered in half the time. But some good tips. Thanks.

Good introduction to some useful tools, seemed quite rushed but then finished pretty early

great talk. Will definitely be trying out Charles. It is always interesting to find out how other developers work.

Second time seeing this talk. I think I prefer it in this slightly longer format. I particularly like the use of video, it makes live demos more engaging if the presenter isn't hunched over over their laptop. Still got value from the talk, and using Charles this afternoon.

Rated 3

Anonymous at 21:13 on 22 Feb 2014

Well worth attending this talk if only to learn about the usefulness of Charles. Great to hear techniques and tales from someone experienced in grappling with REST APIs. Some things were slightly over explained such as illustrating the cURL arguments, however, which I did feel interrupted the pace a little. I felt bad that no one had any questions at the end but I think that was just because the subject was so well covered.

Rated 5

Anonymous at 09:25 on 23 Feb 2014

Great talk, I could relate to a lot of what she said regarding figuring out how REST APIs work, especially the 'if you do something and get a different error message you're making progress' comment!

I learnt quite a bit from this talk about the tools she covered and the general process of debugging an API. Lorna spoke clearly and with some enthusiasm that made listening along nice and easy too.

Rated 4

Anonymous at 09:29 on 23 Feb 2014

Great talk. It may sound childish but I really loved the fact that she presented all the material using videos instead of slides. Hats off.

Lots of useful information, particularly regarding Charles which I'll definitely be making use of. I aren't a fan of the style of presentation, which felt like sitting in on an audition for a children's TV presenter at times, but everything was conveyed clearly which is the main thing.

Really really good talk, excellently delivered. Also liked the use of videos.

What - no questions at the end! Can only put it down to the fact that Lorna covered a lot of ground in the allotted time, leaving most, (if not all,) of us with something to think about. I certainly learnt something new and although I use most of the tools she mentioned, saw some new opportunities for them. Very informative