Today, SmartBear announced that it has acquired Reverb's interests in Swagger, and that it intends to work with the community on a model of open governance. As a company, Apigee has invested heavily in the Swagger API description format and tooling, and we look forward to working with the community to secure Swagger's future.
We have been a strong supporter of the efforts of Reverb’s Tony Tam since the earliest days of Swagger. We're very thankful for all of the hard work he has invested into making Swagger successful, and we look forward to his continued contributions. Apigee, a founding member of the Swagger Working Group and a principal contributor to a number of its projects, welcomes SmartBear's investment in Swagger's projects and community, and we applaud its commitment to establishing an open governance model.
One thing in particular that we have always appreciated about Swagger has been its authenticity. It’s a specification designed by people who build and use APIs—solving problems faced by real applications. Swagger's success is partly due to the fact that it is the only modern, open API description format designed in this way.
It was never an if-you-build-it-they-will-come project. It was never the specification of armchair architects and committee dilettantes, as too many standards efforts become. It was built by real developers rolling up their sleeves to deal with the real-world challenges of building and using APIs. Swagger has thrived as a specification without a vendor's agenda, and all vendors in the API space have benefitted from this.
Although Swagger has enjoyed incredible growth, it has reached the end of its first act, and we look forward to the next. We remain actively committed and invested in the Swagger process. Apigee developers are among the most frequent committers to the Swagger codebase and will continue to be.
We’re incredibly grateful to Tony Tam in getting this effort off the ground and hope he will continue to play an important role in the governance, code, and community of Swagger. As a community, let's work together to make Swagger an API standard that can support an entire industry.