A personal challenge to discover and write about 15 various APIs in 15 days
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Day 01 - Twitter API.md
Day 02 - Instagram API.md
Day 03 - Backblaze B2 API.md
Day 04 - Dropbox API.md
Day 05 - Slack API.md
Day 06 - Google Maps API.md
Day 07 - NOAA API.md
Day 08 - NASA API.md
Day 09 - HubbleSite API.md
Day 10 - Trello API.md
Day 11 - ISS Notify API.md
Day 12 - OpenWeatherMap API.md
Day 13 - US Census Bureau API.md
Day 14 - Penguin Random House API.md
Day 15 - IGDB API.md


15 APIs in 15 Days

This was a great learning experience, so I've since begun to explore new APIs. If you like the format here, I'm continuing in the same vein on my blog - an overview of features, how to get authorized, and some code examples and thoughts after the fact. (links below)

It's getting too cold to do anything productive outside, and I've got a week-long holiday break coming up soon, so I think it's time for a little personal challenge. I've been kind of fascinated by APIs for awhile, the way the good ones manage to hide unknown complexity behind a wall of simplicity. In an ideal world anyway.

Before I started my current job, I wasn't completely sure what an API was. If you're in the same boat, consider how your car's dashboard hides the complexity of hundreds of sensors and electronics under the hood. You can GET the current speed or outside temperature, and SET the cruise control speed or radio station. It's an interface to a more complex system, so you don't have to sweat the details.

In a similar fashion, an API lets you GET data out of a system and POST data into it. I've been involved with writing an API, have used a number of them, and I've even written about them. But over the next 15 days I'll try to write about 15 different APIs - how to get started using them and hopefully some demos - and I'll make it all available on here as well as on my blog.

Getting Started

Download Postman so you can try these out yourself. Postman is a tool that allows you to make API calls without having to implement code in any particular language, and it's great for trying things out. Of course, if you want to do anything with the results of those API calls, then you'll need to pick a language to use them in.

Let's Go!

More APIs

I wrote a couple one-off posts, what an API wrapper is and how to write one, as well as the many ways APIs can authorize access. Check them out if you'd like to know more about APIs in general.

Here's a list of other APIs I've written about too: