Here, we’ve aggregated a list of API tutorials that provide the basic principles for building APIs. These apply to both REST and realtime APIs.
Here are some of the top API resources to check out:
- – Rich API content through their
- Web API Design – “This e-book is a collection of design practices that we have developed in collaboration with some of the leading API teams around the world, as they craft their API strategy through a design workshop that we provide at Apigee.”
- – ‘The fundamental concept in any RESTful API is the resource. A resource is an object with a type, associated data, relationships to other resources, and a set of methods that operate on it. It is similar to an object instance in an object-oriented programming language, with the important difference that only a few standard methods are defined for the resource (corresponding to the standard HTTP GET, POST, PUT and DELETE methods), while an object instance typically has many methods.’
Zapier’s Introduction to APIs
Zapier has done a great job putting together a course. It is perfect for those just starting their API journey and covers protocols, data formats, API design, authentication, real-time communication, and implementation.
Entrepreneurship and APIs
If you are looking for an easy read about how important APIs are in entrepreneurial endeavors, I wrote anon the topic a few weeks back. It briefly introduces some important business benefits of APIs, and why upcoming business builders should be learning and using this technology.
provides free online lessons and in-person consulting services that cover essential API techniques. This useful resource provides business managers, interface designers and enterprise architects with some important knowledge. The growing repository is one you will want to revisit every so often.
API Evangelist’s Whitepapers
Kin Lane’s white papers on the basics of APIs, their history, and how to deploy and manage them are a useful collection of resources. He has also just released one onthat is worth checking out.
Research Library:. Peter Berking, Steve Foreman, Jason Haag, Craig Wiggins. Research report. (Paid membership required for access.)
Online Events Archive:Robert Gadd, Craig Wiggins. Handout and recording (1:16). (Paid membership required for access.)
Conference Archive:Robert Gadd, Dave Smelser. Handout, video (59:18).
Online Events Archive:. Rob Houck, Megan Torrance. Handout, recording (1:14:53). (Paid membership required for access.)
Conference Archive:.David Smith. Handout.