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Wes Bos

Wes Bos

Full Stack JavaScript Developer. Creator of really good web development courses. BBQ enthusiast.

Scott Tolinski

Scott Tolinski

Web Developer, Creator of Level Up Tuts, Bboy, Robotops Crew and Youtuber

Playing: 174: How to Build an API

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Aug 28th, 2019

How to Build an API

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In this episode, Scott and Wes talk about creating APIs — what's happening behind the scenes and why it's important.

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Show Notes

2:15 - How do you build an API from scratch?

3:54 - Choose an API type

8:15 - Setup some sort of server that will accept requests and send responses

11:11 - Document the endpoints

  • What is the end point
  • What parameters are required
    • Filters
    • Sorting
  • Headers required
  • What you get back when you hit this endpoint
  • Any request limits
  • Examples in common languages
    • JS
    • PHP
    • Ruby

21:20 - Naming

  • Make it obvious

27:39 - Securing

32:42 - Protecting

36:00 - Write resolvers

  • Modify data if needed
  • Send back the data requested
  • Send back the correct HTTP code
  • Log what happened

37:56 - Tools

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