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Designing RESTful APIs

via Udacity


API (Application Programming Interface) endpoints are the connections between your application and the rest of the developer community. In this course you will learn about writing secure, developer-friendly APIs that will make your back-end application thrive and keep your users happy.

At the end of this course you will create the back-end for a social application called "Meet n' Eat" that matches together users based on their location and food interests.


  • What's and Why's of APIs
    • Learn about the basics of APIs and why they are important.,How to choose the appropriate technologies for implementing a modern web API.
  • Accessing Published APIs
    • Explore published APIs from Foursquare and Google Maps.,See how these companies implement their API endpoints.,Now leverage some of this information for our own use!
  • Creating your own API Endpoints
    • Use Flask to build your own web server.,Setup API endpoints that follow the constraints to qualify as a RESTful API.
  • Securing your API
    • Learn about API security.,How to add OAuth login and token-based authentication.,Learn to Rate limit your API endpoints.
  • Writing Developer-Friendly APIs
    • Learn some API best practices using real-world examples.,Take on the final project!

Taught by

Lorenzo Brown


2.0 rating, based on 1 Class Central review

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  • Anonymous
    There are no best practices, no recommended guidelines. The course gives an EXTREMELY brief overview of the API design, there's also hardly any information about the tools used in the course.
    I can't recommend it for professionals as they won't learn anything form it, and I can't recommend it for beginners since it'll be challenging for them to figure out the tools used in the course, and there's little to no foundation for the API design best practices.

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