API's, Social Media Data and Their Real World Applications
Hone your web development skills by mastering the Application Programming Interface (API) with this free online course.Publisher: Stone River eLearning
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Did you know that over 300 million pictures and statuses are uploaded every day over various social media platforms? Most users don’t know the technicalities behind how multiple systems interact to make a platform function efficiently and this API course unpacks this powerful programming element and establishes its importance in moving data between platforms.
The course begins by outlining what an API does, the various types of APIs and functions and how to use an API to contact a server, tell it what we want and get a positive response. This API course provides and goes through real scenarios from the social media platform, Twitter. A handy API feature allows you to upload content and create and manage your data without actually having to log in. We then examine the four most common keywords used in API functions and explain how the rest of the existing commands revolve around these four, normally by incorporating them into a code. We then explore prerequisite libraries that enable users to send requests, plot and delete data, and allow the user to pass the correct authentication for an account. Next, we consider how APIs can be used to recover deleted data by going ‘back in time’. It is important to know that some servers offer a fixed time limit and no data will be found outside of that specific time limit. You will then be shown how to further analyze your data by using filters and certain keywords and then how information can be live-streamed, which is convenient if you want to save a particular set of files or even give ratings to it.
Anyone interested in learning about social media data, APIs and their practical applications will gain a lot from this API course. We can help first-time developers, students and aspirant programmers by providing techniques and strategies behind using common keywords to execute actions, visualize data on social media and analyze information using filters. If you would like to turn your love for social media, software and data into a booming career, then this free online API course is perfect for you.Start Course Now
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Explain what APIs are
- List the requirements needed to use APIs
- Recognize the time limitations that Twitter has
- Select specific times to obtain tweets
- Send a request to Twitter’s API
- Identify the methods of finding relevant data
- Indicate how to adjust and add ticks to graphs
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