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Using the GitHub API with PHP Course

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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)
  • Authentication
  • OAuth
  • cURL
  • JSON


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.

Chevron 5 steps
  • Introducing APIs and the Project


  • Making a RESTful Request


  • RESTful APIs

    5 questions

  • Communication with cURL


  • Using cURL

    1 objective

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.

Chevron 9 steps
  • Using a Wrapper


  • GET Search and Results


  • Wrapper Library and API Object

    5 questions

  • Authenticate with OAuth


  • POST Request to Watch Repository


  • Sharing Functionality in the Application


  • Following a User

    1 objective

  • Adding More Features


  • Final Review

    8 questions

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