Introducing Developer Relations at Palo Alto Networks!

Let’s just call it DevRel. But what even is DevRel? Why is it a thing at Palo Alto Networks? What would we say…we do here?

*Developers and Customers

Internally, we are the voice of our developer community, which is comprised of customers, partners, researchers, and anyone else interested in our APIs. We are a group that works on engineering, product, marketing, and, well, pretty much anything else you can imagine. Externally, we are the interface between the developer community and Palo Alto Networks. We take in your feedback and questions and deliver you docs, SDKs, and whatever resources you might need! DevRel is represented by the red panda, Devin (Dev for short), below.

Why a red panda you may wonder? Well, PANDA is an acronym for Palo Alto Networks Developer Advocates! Our top choice was the elusive trash panda but we weren’t sure that would cast the right image to our audience. Regular pandas are super overused and pretty useless. So, we settled on the coolest of the pandas - the red panda.

Let’s dive a little deeper into what exactly we do. You may be visiting us from developers.paloaltonetworks.com which is our new site dedicated to developer resources. Right now, there isn’t too much as we are gearing up for a release coming this fall. What can you expect to see? Pretty much everything you’d want/need!

  • SDKs — python and Node so far, more in the pipeline
  • Getting Started Guide — To get you developing quickly
  • Examples — Real code solving real problems
  • Blogs — (where you are now) Use Cases with commentary and stay up to date with what we’re doing
  • Sandbox — To play around with the APIs before setting up your environment
  • Best Practices — To learn how the best in the industry do it
  • API Reference — To dive deep into everything the APIs can do
  • Official Docs — Provided by docs.paloaltonetworks.com
  • Meetups — Come hang out with us and learn about topics covering all aspect of security

We will continue to add anything that you find useful to developing! Please let us know what we can do to make your lives easier (within the realm of developing on Palo Alto Networks).

Now, let’s meet the DevRel team for Cortex™:

Luigi Mori is our director. He is responsible for MineMeld, specializes in somehow keeping this team on course, but is also our go-to for getting deeper understandings of all of Palo Alto Networks current and upcoming products. Easily the best pizza maker on the team.

Xavi Homs is a dev machine. He is responsible for the NodeJS SDK, Cortex Labs apps, and breathing life into new projects testing the bounds of what is possible with Cortex. When you’re ready to start knocking out some killer use cases, Xavi is your guy.

Steven Serrata a.k.a “Dragon” is the genius behind API Explorer and the python SDK. He also dabbles in whatever random project is thrown at him, like the developer website mentioned above. If you’re looking to get more familiar with the APIs or python SDK, there is no better place to go than him!

Francesco Vigo a.k.a. “Steve Ballmer” is constantly crushing on-boarding of new apps (and creating some himself). He made the Microsoft Graph API app for Cortex and has worked alongside our partners to publish every app you see in the Cortex hub™ today. Looking to get started and work through the set up of your demo environment? Francesco, I mean “Steve”, is your guy! You can find him chanting “Developers, Developers, Developers, Developers” somewhere.

Kevin Steves is our Internet Security Guru. Seriously. Pretty much anything Internet security-related is in his wheelhouse. He’s also the primary author and maintainer of the excellent pan-python SDK, and a number of other notable projects. Needless to say, Kevin likes to get his hands dirty when it comes to coding and always seeks to understand every nuance of a product or technology.

I (Charlie Sestito) a.k.a “Nighthawk” joined the team recently. Currently working on the content necessary to spread to our developers (hopefully you!). From the developer website, to this blog, to defining the Developer Experience. If you have any comments on the developer website, the developer experience, or just want to chat about this new DevRel team, feel free to reach out!

In case I haven’t emphasized it enough already, we are here for you. We want you to have an awesome experience developing with our APIs. We want to give you all of the tools you need to be successful. We want to make sure you get the most out of our products. We want to make sure your voice is heard and amplified inside of Palo Alto Networks. There is nothing we care about more than you and your experience with Palo Alto Networks. Please let us know how we can best serve you. Please contribute to our community through example use cases we can feature, or maybe even a guest blog! Please feel free to express you frustrations and concerns so we can address them.

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