APIs

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Course Resources

Software to install

In order to complete all of the activities in this course, you will need to install a virtual machine (VM) on your computer. This VM gives you an environment including SQLAlchemy, Flask, Python, and Redis.

See here for installation instructions.

Final Project Resources

Get started on the final project with this helpful guide.

Course syllabus

Lesson 1 - What's and Why's of APIs

In Lesson one of this course you will learn about the basics of APIs, why they are important, and how to choose the appropriate technologies for implementing a modern web API.

Lesson 2 - Accessing Published APIs

In lesson 2, you will explore published APIs from Foursquare and Google Maps to see how these companies implement their API endpoints and leverage some of this information for our own use.

Lesson 3 - Creating your own API Endpoints

In lesson 3 you will use Flask to build your own web server with API endpoints that follow the constraints to qualify as a RESTful API.

Lesson 4 - Securing your API

In lesson 4, you will learn about API security and add OAuth login, token-based authentication, and rate limiting to your API endpoints.

Lesson 5 - Writing Developer-Friendly APIs

In lesson 5, you will learn about API security and add OAuth login, token-based authentication, and rate limiting to your API endpoints.

External Resources

Check out some of the following links below to help you take your project in this course to the next level.

Rate-Limiting Snippets by Armin Ronacher
Designing a RESTful API in Flask by Miguel Grinberg
Nordic APIs

Acknowledgments

Thanks to Taylor Gilkeson, the production lead and creative genius who made this course possible, Geoff Norman and Larry Madrigal for helping with video editing, actors Larry Madrigal, Taylor Gilkeson and Gauri Jog, Adarsh Nair, for reviewing and testing this course,
and Clark Downer, Kim Dryden, Mike Wales, for help organizing and creating this course!