Coding With Python :: Learn API Basics to Grab Data with Python


Coding With Python :: Learn API Basics to Grab Data with Python

This is a basic introduction to using APIs. APIs are the “glue” that keep a lot of web applications running and thriving. Without APIs much of the internet services you love might not even exist!

APIs are easy way to connect with other websites & web services to use their data to make your site or application even better. This simple tutorial gives you the basics of how you can access this data and use it. If you want to know if a website has an api, just search “Facebook API” or “Twitter API” or “Foursquare API” on google. Some APIs are easy to use (like Locu’s API which we use in this video) some are more complicated (Facebook’s API is more complicated than Locu’s). More about APIs:

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The Try Django Tutorial Series is designed to help you get used to using Django in building a basic landing page (also known as splash page or MVP landing page) so you can collect data from potential users. Collecting this data will prove as verification (or validation) that your project is worth building. Furthermore, we also show you how to implement a Paypal Button so you can also accept payments.

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