Monday, March 31, 2014

May: Introduction to Web Service APIs Using PHP and HTML (ALA)

4-week eCourse
Beginning Monday, May 5
APIs open up a world of content to your library and get your vendor products working in unison. Without a basic knowledge of APIs, you can't even be part of the conversation. Recognized as a Library Journal Mover and Shaker for "forward-thinking digital services," Jason Paul Michel will get you started with the basics. By the end of the ecourse you will be writing PHP scripts to pull data from Twitter or the Digital Public Library.
Michel's ebook Web Service APIs and Libraries is free with your course registration, and offers many other sample codes and project ideas.
When completed, participants will
•    understand what an API is and why APIs are important
•    understand how APIs have been applied in library settings and ways in which they can be in the future
•    obtain the coding skills necessary to produce or contribute to API projects of their own