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Xero API Developer of the Year 2014

Posted 6 years ago in Platform by Sid Maestre
Posted by Sid Maestre

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.

Xero API Developer of the Year, Julian Applebaum of Squarespace, with Xero’s CTO Craig Walker

Squarespace integration

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.

Julian joined Squarespace initially as an intern which turned into his first full time position after completing university. While his work at Squarespace is done in Java, Julian does a lot Javascript in his day-to-day UI work and slings a bit of Python for personal projects. In his free time Julian plays bass in a band Sirs&Madams, which is currently recording their debut LP.

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.



Jen Baldwin
March 3, 2015 at 1.48 pm

Guise. That pic is not of Julian.

Jen Baldwin
March 4, 2015 at 11.24 am

Update: you cannot see Julian in the picture when it is viewed on mobile.

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