About this Course

API (Application Programming Interface) endpoints are the connections between your application and the rest of the developer community. In this course you will learn about writing secure, developer-friendly APIs that will make your back-end application thrive and keep your users happy.

At the end of this course you will create the back-end for a social application called "Meet n' Eat" that matches together users based on their location and food interests.

Course Cost
Free
Timeline
Approx. 3 weeks
Skill Level
Intermediate
Included in Course
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Designing RESTful APIs

Enhance your skill set and boost your hirability through innovative, independent learning.

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Course Leads

  • Lorenzo Brown
    Lorenzo Brown

    Instructor

What You Will Learn

Lesson 1

What's and Why's of APIs

  • Learn about the basics of APIs and why they are important.
  • How to choose the appropriate technologies for implementing a modern web API.
Lesson 1

What's and Why's of APIs

  • Learn about the basics of APIs and why they are important.
  • How to choose the appropriate technologies for implementing a modern web API.
Lesson 2

Accessing Published APIs

  • Explore published APIs from Foursquare and Google Maps.
  • See how these companies implement their API endpoints.
  • Now leverage some of this information for our own use!
Lesson 2

Accessing Published APIs

  • Explore published APIs from Foursquare and Google Maps.
  • See how these companies implement their API endpoints.
  • Now leverage some of this information for our own use!
Lesson 3

Creating your own API Endpoints

  • Use Flask to build your own web server.
  • Setup API endpoints that follow the constraints to qualify as a RESTful API.
Lesson 3

Creating your own API Endpoints

  • Use Flask to build your own web server.
  • Setup API endpoints that follow the constraints to qualify as a RESTful API.
Lesson 4

Securing your API

  • Learn about API security.
  • How to add OAuth login and token-based authentication.
  • Learn to Rate limit your API endpoints.
Lesson 4

Securing your API

  • Learn about API security.
  • How to add OAuth login and token-based authentication.
  • Learn to Rate limit your API endpoints.
Lesson 5

Writing Developer-Friendly APIs

  • Learn some API best practices using real-world examples.
  • Take on the final project!
Lesson 5

Writing Developer-Friendly APIs

  • Learn some API best practices using real-world examples.
  • Take on the final project!

Prerequisites and Requirements

This course assumes you have experience working with the Flask web development framework, SQLAlchemy, and understand the basics of OAuth 2.0. Python will be the primary language of instruction for the entirety of this course.

Recommended Courses:
Full Stacks Foundations
Authentication & Authorization: OAuth

See the Technology Requirements for using Udacity.

Why Take This Course

A crucial skill for a back-end or full-stack web developer is the ability to make applications that are easily accessible and understood for other developers . Mobile developers, front-end developers and other back-end and full-stack developers all rely on API endpoints to enhance the functionality of their applications.

What do I get?
  • Instructor videos
  • Learn by doing exercises
  • Taught by industry professionals
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