Each year we like to recognize a person who has contributed significantly to the Xero API developer community. The API and Developer Relations team have the privilege of connecting with an exceptionally talented group of designers, developers and company founders all over the world. Like iOS and Android developer communities, the Xero Developer community is a big part of what defines Xero as the platform for small business. They make a difference in the lives of small business owners through the creativity and care they bring to their products.
As we thought about integrations launched in 2014, the one that stood out was developed by Julian Applebaum at Squarespace. Squarespace, a leading website design/hosting company, is very similar to Xero in its design-driven approach to product development. Squarespace decided to expand their e-commerce offering and chose Xero as their integrated accounting partner.
The Squarespace integration was released at the beginning of 2014. Julian took it upon himself to go beyond the technical implementation of our API and dig into the accounting behind the integration. We loved seeing him challenge assumptions and pick his CFO’s brain on best practices. The end result was an integration we refer to so often that we included screenshots in our integration best practices guide in our developer center.
We want to thank Julian for raising the bar and designing an integration that others can emulate.
On behalf of Xero and all the developers out there, thanks Julian!
We are already keeping a watchful eye on the Xero developer community, new integrations and code contributions for stand out candidates for the 2015 award – let us know if have any nominations.