Application Programming Interfaces, or APIs, provide a method for connecting your site to a “third-party” web service. We'll use the GitHub API to explore how RESTful APIs allow us to retrieve and update information residing on an external system.
What you'll learn
Application Programming Interface (API)
Communicating with a RESTful API
An Application Programming Interface (API) provides a method for accessing 3rd party content directly, allowing you to integrate that content into your own application. cURL is a tool that allows you to communicate with external services before ever sending any information through a browser.
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Introducing APIs and the Project
Making a RESTful Request
Communication with cURL
Creating a GitHub Client
Using the GitHub API Easy Access wrapper library, we'll create a GitHub Client application. Using OAuth tokens, we allow a user to authorize their GitHub account for sharing repository and user information with our application. Using this authorization, we will allow users to search, watch, and un-watch repositories.