Rootconf 2017

On service reliability

Building RESTful APIs

Submitted by Anand Chitipothu (@anandology) on Mar 20, 2017

Section: Workshops Technical level: Beginner Status: Confirmed


REST a simple architectural style based on the priniciples of HTTP for building modern web applications and APIs. This hands-on workshop takes you though everything that you need to know to build great RESTful APIs. We’ll be using Python for examples and exercises.

By the end of this course, you’ll have good understanding of RESTful APIs and start judging every API that you encounter.


Who is it for?

The workshop is targeted at web developers. It is expected that the paritipants have basic understanding of how web works.

What will you learn?

  1. Introduction to APIs
    • Introductions to APIs
    • Historical evolution of APIs
    • Exploring modern APIs using simple command-line tools.
  2. HTTP and RESTfulness
    • Introduction to fundamental principles of HTTP
    • Introduction to REST
  3. Designing APIs
    • Thinking about resources
    • Resource Representation
    • Being Stateless
    • Designing URLs
    • Examples and exercises
  4. Implementation
    • Practical tips and tricks in implementing APIs
    • Examples and exercises
  5. Authentication and Secutity
    • Introduction to authentication patterns
    • Study of Basic Auth, OAuth, access keys and JWT
    • End-to-end encryption using HTTPS
  6. Documenting APIs
    • Discussion of various tools commonly used for documenting RESTful APIs

Speaker bio

Anand Chitipothu a software consultant and trainer based in Visakhapatnam. He has over 15 years of experience in architecting and developing variety of software applications. He is co-author of, a micro web framework in Python.

He has worked at Strand Life Sciences and Internet Archive.


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