How To Create An API? (10 Tutorials)
Behind almost every successful web application, there is an easy-to-use & feature-rich API as they simply help the main application to spread into others & reached by more users.
Also, an API-enabled application can be easily developed further using the API itself.
In order to create an API for your web application, here are 10 tutorials to get you started. But before that, you may want to checkout the video: How To Design A Good API and Why it Matters by Google.
A very detailed yet easy-to-implement tutorial on creating a REST API with PHP.
And, there is a follow-up article: "Making RESTful Requests in PHP" by the same author which can guide you as well.
A detailed tutorial which describes the concepts like REST, SOAP & creates an API step-by-step with PHP.
This example utilizes controllers in an MVC style application. Most of the stuff is handled by an instance of Zend_Rest_Server so it shows implementing to our service.
This article covers both creating an API with PHP where the data is stored in a MySQL database & reaching to the API with a VBScript file.
The tutorial describes a PHP API returning XML data in 6 steps:
- Create Your Own Custom API
- Developing the basic API layout
- The Client
- The Server
- The Server Class
- The "Test" Step
Ok, this is not a tutorial but includes very handy tips that can be used when creating a REST API with PHP for the security & ease of usage of the API.
As Rails automatically offers URL addressable resources for all the data in a Rails web application, every Rails application already has a ready-to-go RESTful API". The tutorial explains how to use it in detail.
The article describes the 2 options for creating an API:
- HTTP Basic Auth
- Using API key
and provides example codes o get you started.
The tutorial uses the RESTful Rails Controller & creates a simple RESTful Rails application with a full test suite and HTTP method dispatching.
A solid start to creating your own REST API with ASP.NET MVC.
Considering, depending on the type of the request you may want to sendXML or JSON data, the tutorial provides a class which can return both.
Other Information on APIs
Books On Creating An API
- RESTful Web Services
- Building Scalable Web Sites: Building, scaling, and optimizing the next generation of web applications
- RESTful PHP Web Services
- Pro PHP XML and Web Services
- Web Development Solutions: Ajax, APIs, Libraries, and Hosted Services Made Easy
- Practical API Design: Confessions of a Java Framework Architect
- Java Web Services: Up and Running
- Developing Web Services with Apache Axis2