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Working with APIs in JS

Slides and materials are hosted here.

Course description

An API is a service that lets one website use data or functionality from another website, and most modern webpages rely on at least one API - like the Facebook API for social interaction, the Google Analytics API for tracking, or the DoubleClick API for ads. In this workshop, you'll learn how JavaScript-based APIs actually work behind the scenes, plus be introduced to a wealth of APIs to enhance your websites.

The workshop will be a mix of lectures and hands-on exercises in pairs, and will be taught by [teacher X, tiny bio]. This workshop is highly recommended for anyone attending our frontend workshop series.

Prerequisites:

Attendees should be comfortable with HTML/CSS basics and JavaScript fundamentals (arrays, conditionals, loops, functions). Attendees should also have learned jQuery. That means that you either attended our HTML 101 workshop, JS 101 workshop and JQuery workshop, or that you learned those concepts online.

You can review them online at a few places:

Tech requirements:

  • Your laptop (Mac, PC, or Linux are all okay) and charger.
  • A modern web browser - either Chrome or Firefox.
  • A text editor. We recommend Sublime Text 2 (free; available for both Mac and PC) or Notepad++ (PC).

Topics covered:

  • Image/iframe APIs
  • JS widget APIs
  • JSONP APIs
  • JS API libraries