Matt Makai - Python web dev & Twilio Developer Evangelist.

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Links for Learning Web Fundamentals

The following list is a collection of resources for understanding and learning Web fundamentals and application programming interfaces (APIs). Modern software development is driven by crafting custom code and combining that code with APIs. The concepts listed here are key to performing software development well. Many of these links are also included in my application programming interfaces section on Full Stack Python but the ones here are programming language agnostic.

These links go along with my Web APIs, Exponential Growth and You talk.

Web and API Fundamentals

  • Ensure you've read the HTTP 1.1 Spec which defines the verbs for interacting with the Web, such as GET, POST, PUT, and DELETE. This document provides many foundational concepts for Web developers.
  • APIs 101 is a free guide by Zapier for both technical and non-technical audiences who want to learn the fundamentals behind web APIs.

Finding APIs

Creating APIs

  • "Design a beautiful REST API" reviews common design decisions regarding endpoints, versioning, errors and pagination. There is also a source material YouTube video where this blog post derives its recommendations from.
  • Heroku's API Design Guide provides a design perspective from one of the top current tech companies.
  • 18F produced an extensive set of opinionated API design standards.
  • 10 Reasons Developers Hate Your API goes through the top difficulties and annoyances developers face when working with APIs and how you can avoid your API falling into the same traps.

Consuming APIs

  • "API Driven Development" by Randall Degges explains how using APIs in your application cuts down on the amount of code you have to write and maintain so you can launch your application faster.
  • "Safe Sex with Third Party APIs" is a funny high level overview of what you should do to protect your application when relying on third party services.
  • John Sheehan's "Zen and the Art of API Maintenance" slides are very relevant for API integration.

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