Programming for Non-Geeks: The Basics of Using APIs

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March 07, 2012 Enroll Now
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Course Overview

Title:
Programming for Non-Geeks: The Basics of Using APIs
Type:
Webinar
Cost:
$29.95
Originally Broadcast On:
March 07, 2012
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.

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Open APIs (application programming interfaces) make it easy to enhance your website with content and features from leading providers like Google, Twitter, NPR and The New York Times.

APIs let computer applications talk with each other to retrieve content that's easy to change or rearrange. You could use Twitter's API to pull a list of the last 10 tweets your organization has sent. Or use Google Fusion Tables to build graphics populated with your data. Or list the day's most emailed stories from nytimes.com.

This Webinar will introduce you to open APIs and show you how they can make your site better. You’ll learn how to employ content and functionality from other websites. And you’ll discover ways to create innovative news products by building on the work of others.

What Will I Learn:
  • Where to find open APIs
  • How open APIs work and what they can do for your news or information website
  • How to use open APIs to add other publishers’ content to your site
  • What keys, throttling and other essential terms mean
  • Ways to integrate Twitter or Facebook streams on your site
  • How to work within the terms of service outlined by API providers
  • Why publishers make their content available via open APIs
Who Should Take this Course:

Web producers, entrepreneurs and anyone interested in making their sites more dynamic, without relying on internal resources.

Course Instructor:

Casey Frechette

Casey Frechette is a visiting assistant professor in the journalism and media studies department at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg and an adjunct with The Poynter Institute. He teaches digital media and researches how technology affects learning.

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