Upgrading to an API
This video demonstrates some coding techniques, API development, design decisions and data acquisition.
Cincom Smalltalk novices and veterans alike can benefit from the Hidden Gems screencast series. These instructional videos show how to make the most of various Cincom Smalltalk features, including several “hidden gems” that significantly increase efficiency and productivity.
This “Build-it” Series covers techniques and discussions that are useful to developers. It will demonstrate some coding techniques, API development, design decisions and data acquisition.
Some of the things demonstrated or discussed in the second episode include:
- Why an API?
- APIs available
- API Key
- Examine the API specification
- Restful API
- XML or JSON?
For review, Part I – Hidden Gems: “Build It” Series, discussed:
- The Federal Reserve Economic Data website
- Downloading data
- Parsing the data
- Best practices
- Improving the code
Part III, which is coming in July, will discuss:
- Design decisions
- Simplify but be flexible
- Primary use should have minimal and clear messages.
- Final model and recap
For data, we will use the Federal Reserve Economic Data website. This website supports downloading raw data and an API. We will demonstrate effective ways to use both.