Getting Started With API's

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What is an API? noun Computing

Application Programming Interface - a set of functions and procedures that allow the creation of applications which access the features or data of an operating system, application, or other service.

Simply put an API is the middle person, that sits in between your browser, app, or other piece of software, and UnionCloud. They would use some code that when executed sends a request (via the API) to UnionCloud, which then, assuming that your authentication checks out, and that you have the relevant permissions will return the data you have requested, in JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) Format. You could then use more code on your end, in the browser or app to prettify this, or use the information in graphs, charts or for other purposes.

The video on the right hand side by MuleSoft, provides an very simple easy to understand overview on what an API is, using an analogy with a Waiter at a restaurant.

UnionCloud API Gif

APIary Documentation

Using an API Development Environment

Setting up a UnionCloud Developer

Running your first Authenticate Method

Running other API Methods on UnionCloud