28 Beginner Tutorials for Modern API Web Development

Web development has grown far beyond the typical HTML/CSS/JS code structure. Modern web services like Facebook and Twitter are built with something called an Application Programming Interface. This allows developers to connect into 3rd party services and pull out data to be displayed on another website.

For this post I’ve collected a number of free online tutorials which delve into API development. These are perfect for anybody new to the scene who wants to learn a bit more about typical web services. Some will require an API key while others may simply return XML/JSON data on command. Either way these articles detail many popular development techniques in an easy-to-understand fashion.

Facebook’s Graph API Explorer

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Using the Pinterest API

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DeviantArt API Instant Search App

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Google Places API

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Login and Register using LinkedIn

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Guide to the HTML5 APIs

Using the Etsy API

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A Look at the WordPress HTTP API

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How To Create a Twitter Widget

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Beginner’s Guide To jQuery-Based JSON API Clients

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The Reddit API in Python

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Objective-C JSON and the Flickr API

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Vine’s Undocumented API

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Basic YouTube API Tutorial

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Integrate the Mailchimp API in PHP

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Google Maps API and Custom Overlays

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Create a Twitter-Like “Load More” Widget

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Creating an API-Centric Web Application

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Build an Integrated Facebook App

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Facebook Invite Friends API

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Dead-Simple Twitter Feed with jQuery

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REST API Integration with iPhone App

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Coding a Dynamic IMDb Webapp

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Simple Github API Webapp

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Game Audio with the Web Audio API

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Access Dropbox Using PHP

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Google Analytics API

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