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APIs: Crash Course

With the Facebook API & Twilio
Christopher Michael
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By the end of this course you will be able to code with API data from Facebook, Twilio & more!

Are you a creative or entrepreneur that wishes you could speak tech with your web development team? Sure, you’ve heard about APIs, but maybe you’re not totally sure what they are?

In this class we’ll learn all about APIs: what they are; and how to get started using them! Later on we’ll look at some code and live data from both Facebook and Twilio.

One last thing… If you're new to programming – you might also want to check out my Programming For Non-Programmers.

Hey Chris, what's an API?

Here's an example: have you ever heard someone say something like, “The NY Times has an API we can use.”? What they are saying is "The NY Times has some data that you can freely access and use in your project."

In addition to that, the term API can also refer to apps that write and process data on our behalf. We’ll cover this, and much more!

Who Is this Class For?

This class is made for the total beginner. If you’re looking to learn about APIs you’re in the right place. If you’re a developer looking to query some API data, we’ll be providing you with code examples to take home.

For Non-Programmers

Maybe you're new to APIs? Or you've had one of the IT guys in your office try to explain this to you before, but to no avail? I totally get it, and so I've designed this class with you in mind.

What I’ve found is that the best way to learn the concepts of programming is to actually write some code yourself. (Much like how we learn a foreign language – you have to use the knowledge). If you’re not a developer, you should still be able to follow along with the code examples because we'll break down the logic step-by-step. Basically what I’m saying is… that we’ll learn by doing here.

Sign up for this class and you’ll learn:

  • What is an API?
  • How an understanding of APIs can help cut development time of a project in half
  • What APIs are available and worth knowing about?
  • How to register a Facebook App so that we can start using the Facebook API
  • How to write code to make an API call to Facebook that delivers a user’s “Top 10 Facbook likes”
  • How to set up an app with the Twilio API

This Class Includes

  • Over 2 hours of easy to follow video content
  • A project designed by me for you to be able to apply your skills
  • A quiz
  • The final slide deck
  • Code examples for working with the Facebook and Twilio API. All fo the code in this class is written in PHP. The concepts are the same and could easily be applied to Ruby, Python or other languages.

I’m looking forward to class!


Feedback from my Programming For Non-Programmers Series:

"You taught the class in four hours what took me two years to teach myself." – Matt Jared, Capital Factory Austin, X

"I've traveled a steep learning curve thanks to Chris' friendly and lucid style of teaching." – Charles Best, CEO of DonorsChoose.org

"I wish I had taken this class 5 years ago!" – Michael Goodwin, UX Designer

"You are the only person who has been able to sufficiently teach me code." – Darren Hakimi, Analyst

"You are Articulate and Engaging. Broad and Diverse Range of Topics. That s right bro!!!!! Not easy to address so much in limited time." – student feedback

"Informative, digestible, actionable" – Katherine, Entrepreneur


Getting Started Guide
Not your mother's stereo instructions. You'll actually want to read this. (It's short and painless... I promise). 
Download Materials & Code Examples

Here's all the code examples so that you can follow along. Also included are my final projects so that you can check your progress.

The files you need are to the right (most likely depending what device you are on)... look for the download button.

How Do I Download & Install Sublime?
You'll need a text editor. Here's how to get started!
What's the difference between HTML & CSS? How do I get started? This 5 minute primer will help get you on the right foot. 
Why Do We Need A Webserver?
In the last video you saw how to preview a webpage using just HTML & CSS. This lesson shows how the role of a Web server is necessary for launching code using a backend language like PHP. 

Crash Course: APIs

What are APIs?
A step by step breakdown of what an API is using real world examples, metaphors and case studies. Let's go! 
Databases (Part 1)
In order to understand how an API works technically, you'll need to know a bit more about databases. This is an overview. 
Databases (Part 2)
We've been learning about databases and data. Now we'll look closer at the SQL language, the language of databases. 
Database Quiz (answers)
APIs Read & Write Data
Let's see some examples in action so that we can get better at spotting APIs in the wild. 
The two languages of APIs: XML & JSON help us format and move around data. 
API Quiz (answers)

The Facebook API

The Facebook API: Basics & Like Button
Let's get started with the Facebook API. To use their API you'll need to have a Facebook account. From there we'll implement the most basic API call (one that you are no doubt familiar with): the "like" button. Afterwards we'll setup a threaded comment box using the Facebook API. 
The Facebook API: The Graph API
The Graph API is the heart of Facebook's data firehose. Let's look at how we can get the most out of this feed. 

The Twilio API and Beyond

The Facebook API: The Graph Explorer
In this video we dive even deeper into the Facebook API pulling photos to make a blog based on our live Facebook data. I'll show you how to traverse data from Facebook the easy way: using the Graph API Explorer. 
Facebook: Recap & Beyond
What else can we do with the Facebook API?
The Twilio API
The Twilio API allows you to write code that interacts with phone calls and SMS messages. In this video we'll launch an app that does just that! 
APIs for Every Occasion
Now that we've coded a few projects using API data, where do we go from here? I'll show you a few of my favorite uses for API data that will hopefully inspire your own projects moving forward! 
Wrap Up
You can view and review the lecture materials indefinitely, like an on-demand channel.
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