Consider all the software that you use in your life. It doesn’t matter if you’re a developer or a regular user that just casually browses the internet and checks up on social networks. Almost all software that you can identify uses some form of API.
APIs (application programming interfaces) enable software applications to communicate with other pieces of software consistently. Either internally to connect to a component of the application or externally to connect to a service.
Using API-based components and services in development is also a great way of maintaining scalability and productivity as it enables you to develop multiple applications based off of modular and reusable components, allowing scalability and facilitating maintenance.
We should also take into account that multiple online services have front-facing APIs and that you can use them to easily integrate things like social media logins, credit card payments, behavior tracking, and many other functionalities…
In this video, I will show you how to create a simple API with Nodejs, a detailed and complete guide for beginners.
Install via pip:
$ pip install pytumblr
Install from source:
$ git clone https://github.com/tumblr/pytumblr.git $ cd pytumblr $ python setup.py install
pytumblr.TumblrRestClient is the object you'll make all of your calls to the Tumblr API through. Creating one is this easy:
client = pytumblr.TumblrRestClient( '<consumer_key>', '<consumer_secret>', '<oauth_token>', '<oauth_secret>', ) client.info() # Grabs the current user information
Two easy ways to get your credentials to are:
interactive_console.pytool (if you already have a consumer key & secret)
client.info() # get information about the authenticating user client.dashboard() # get the dashboard for the authenticating user client.likes() # get the likes for the authenticating user client.following() # get the blogs followed by the authenticating user client.follow('codingjester.tumblr.com') # follow a blog client.unfollow('codingjester.tumblr.com') # unfollow a blog client.like(id, reblogkey) # like a post client.unlike(id, reblogkey) # unlike a post
client.blog_info(blogName) # get information about a blog client.posts(blogName, **params) # get posts for a blog client.avatar(blogName) # get the avatar for a blog client.blog_likes(blogName) # get the likes on a blog client.followers(blogName) # get the followers of a blog client.blog_following(blogName) # get the publicly exposed blogs that [blogName] follows client.queue(blogName) # get the queue for a given blog client.submission(blogName) # get the submissions for a given blog
PyTumblr lets you create all of the various types that Tumblr supports. When using these types there are a few defaults that are able to be used with any post type.
The default supported types are described below.
We'll show examples throughout of these default examples while showcasing all the specific post types.
Creating a photo post
Creating a photo post supports a bunch of different options plus the described default options * caption - a string, the user supplied caption * link - a string, the "click-through" url for the photo * source - a string, the url for the photo you want to use (use this or the data parameter) * data - a list or string, a list of filepaths or a single file path for multipart file upload
#Creates a photo post using a source URL client.create_photo(blogName, state="published", tags=["testing", "ok"], source="https://68.media.tumblr.com/b965fbb2e501610a29d80ffb6fb3e1ad/tumblr_n55vdeTse11rn1906o1_500.jpg") #Creates a photo post using a local filepath client.create_photo(blogName, state="queue", tags=["testing", "ok"], tweet="Woah this is an incredible sweet post [URL]", data="/Users/johnb/path/to/my/image.jpg") #Creates a photoset post using several local filepaths client.create_photo(blogName, state="draft", tags=["jb is cool"], format="markdown", data=["/Users/johnb/path/to/my/image.jpg", "/Users/johnb/Pictures/kittens.jpg"], caption="## Mega sweet kittens")
Creating a text post
Creating a text post supports the same options as default and just a two other parameters * title - a string, the optional title for the post. Supports markdown or html * body - a string, the body of the of the post. Supports markdown or html
#Creating a text post client.create_text(blogName, state="published", slug="testing-text-posts", title="Testing", body="testing1 2 3 4")
Creating a quote post
Creating a quote post supports the same options as default and two other parameter * quote - a string, the full text of the qote. Supports markdown or html * source - a string, the cited source. HTML supported
#Creating a quote post client.create_quote(blogName, state="queue", quote="I am the Walrus", source="Ringo")
Creating a link post
#Create a link post client.create_link(blogName, title="I like to search things, you should too.", url="https://duckduckgo.com", description="Search is pretty cool when a duck does it.")
Creating a chat post
Creating a chat post supports the same options as default and two other parameters * title - a string, the title of the chat post * conversation - a string, the text of the conversation/chat, with diablog labels (no html)
#Create a chat post chat = """John: Testing can be fun! Renee: Testing is tedious and so are you. John: Aw. """ client.create_chat(blogName, title="Renee just doesn't understand.", conversation=chat, tags=["renee", "testing"])
Creating an audio post
Creating an audio post allows for all default options and a has 3 other parameters. The only thing to keep in mind while dealing with audio posts is to make sure that you use the external_url parameter or data. You cannot use both at the same time. * caption - a string, the caption for your post * external_url - a string, the url of the site that hosts the audio file * data - a string, the filepath of the audio file you want to upload to Tumblr
#Creating an audio file client.create_audio(blogName, caption="Rock out.", data="/Users/johnb/Music/my/new/sweet/album.mp3") #lets use soundcloud! client.create_audio(blogName, caption="Mega rock out.", external_url="https://soundcloud.com/skrillex/sets/recess")
Creating a video post
Creating a video post allows for all default options and has three other options. Like the other post types, it has some restrictions. You cannot use the embed and data parameters at the same time. * caption - a string, the caption for your post * embed - a string, the HTML embed code for the video * data - a string, the path of the file you want to upload
#Creating an upload from YouTube client.create_video(blogName, caption="Jon Snow. Mega ridiculous sword.", embed="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40pUYLacrj4") #Creating a video post from local file client.create_video(blogName, caption="testing", data="/Users/johnb/testing/ok/blah.mov")
Editing a post
Updating a post requires you knowing what type a post you're updating. You'll be able to supply to the post any of the options given above for updates.
client.edit_post(blogName, id=post_id, type="text", title="Updated") client.edit_post(blogName, id=post_id, type="photo", data="/Users/johnb/mega/awesome.jpg")
Reblogging a Post
Reblogging a post just requires knowing the post id and the reblog key, which is supplied in the JSON of any post object.
client.reblog(blogName, id=125356, reblog_key="reblog_key")
Deleting a post
Deleting just requires that you own the post and have the post id
client.delete_post(blogName, 123456) # Deletes your post :(
A note on tags: When passing tags, as params, please pass them as a list (not a comma-separated string):
client.create_text(blogName, tags=['hello', 'world'], ...)
Getting notes for a post
In order to get the notes for a post, you need to have the post id and the blog that it is on.
data = client.notes(blogName, id='123456')
The results include a timestamp you can use to make future calls.
data = client.notes(blogName, id='123456', before_timestamp=data["_links"]["next"]["query_params"]["before_timestamp"])
# get posts with a given tag client.tagged(tag, **params)
This client comes with a nice interactive console to run you through the OAuth process, grab your tokens (and store them for future use).
pyyaml installed to run it, but then it's just:
$ python interactive-console.py
and away you go! Tokens are stored in
~/.tumblr and are also shared by other Tumblr API clients like the Ruby client.
The tests (and coverage reports) are run with nose, like this:
python setup.py test
What is an API? Learn all about APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) in this full tutorial for beginners. You will learn what APIs do, why APIs exist, and the many benefits of APIs. APIs are used all the time in programming and web development so it is important to understand how to use them.
You will also get hands-on experience with a few popular web APIs. As long as you know the absolute basics of coding and the web, you’ll have no problem following along.
⭐️ Unit 1 - What is an API
⌨️ Video 1 - Welcome (0:00:00)
⌨️ Video 2 - Defining Interface (0:03:57)
⌨️ Video 3 - Defining API (0:07:51)
⌨️ Video 4 - Remote APIs (0:12:55)
⌨️ Video 5 - How the web works (0:17:04)
⌨️ Video 6 - RESTful API Constraint Scavenger Hunt (0:22:00)
⭐️ Unit 2 - Exploring APIs
⌨️ Video 1 - Exploring an API online (0:27:36)
⌨️ Video 2 - Using an API from the command line (0:44:30)
⌨️ Video 3 - Using Postman to explore APIs (0:53:56)
⌨️ Video 4 - Please please Mr. Postman (1:03:33)
⌨️ Video 6 - Using Helper Libraries (Python) (1:24:40)
⭐️ Unit 3 - Using APIs
⌨️ Video 1 - Introducing the project (1:34:18)
⌨️ Video 2 - Flask app (1:36:07)
⌨️ Video 3 - Dealing with API Limits (1:50:00)
⌨️ Video 6 - Review (2:18:03)
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When working with location services, it is important that the information you collect is accurate for your users or clients. This will prevent any mistakes in shipping, billing, and many other aspects of operations that rely on correct location information. For businesses that have applications using location services, this is especially important as any incorrect data can mean the displacement of goods or interrupted services.
The following APIs will allow you to fully validate street addresses by first parsing address data input and then verifying and normalizing the information. The last two APIs will also allow you to geocode and reverse geocode an address to receive more accurate location data for your applications.
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The following five APIs will allow you to create barcode images in the three previously mentioned formats.
Barcodes are used universally in commerce and retail to aid in tracking, purchasing, and inventory. This allows organizations to keep accurate records of their supplies, products, and other items that are pivotal to their operations. For international and national use, there are different barcodes that are utilized for specific contexts. For example, UPC and EAN barcodes look similar in their formatting and can be used in similar ways, but UPC is a largely North American coding system; however, both UPC and EAN are used globally. QR Codes are also used globally but are usually employed for sharing complex sets of information like item details or website links.
The following five APIs will allow you to create barcode images in the three previously mentioned formats. This will allow you to print or create packaging with your personal barcodes attached, without needing to retrieve it from an outside source. This can be especially useful for small businesses as it provides increased independence as a company and improved visual, professional appeal for your products.
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Email is one of the most universal tools for sharing and receiving information across the globe, with users able to connect with others online with almost no compatibility or access issues. Using this tool, information can be instantly and securely sent to partners on the other side of the world, and personal information can be verified without divulging sensitive data about a user.
Along with this widespread use, however, comes key security measures that must take place in order to ensure the safety of your organization and data. This is particularly the case when receiving email information from previously unknown sources. These risks can include phishing attempts, malware, and other threats that can cause a negative impact to your business. Furthermore, when receiving an email address via account forms and user sign up information, you need to check that the information you are given is not only correct and real, but also that it does not lead to any malicious sources that could harm your organizational security.
The following APIs will allow you to instantly verify and validate an input email address without sending any kind of notification to the email user. This will help protect your organization in the event of any threats. The goal of this tutorial is to provide you with the tools to protect your organization’s information while providing a way to verify new accounts and user information.
This will be done through three separate functions. The first will analyze the validity of an email address’ syntax. The second will check for the address’ servers, and the third performs a full email address validation including returning the results for the previous two functions.
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