Chapter 2. Working with web APIs

This chapter covers

  • Structure of a simple API
  • Ways to inspect calls to an API
  • Interaction between an API and a client application
  • Deployment of the sample API and application on your system

The next few chapters cover the server-client interaction in detail, but this chapter helps you understand the concepts with a simple example of an API and sample application. Most basic API examples use a to-do list, but that’s kind of overused. I decided to go a different way: I’ve selected a list application with pizza toppings. Note that this particular application is simple by design; the goal is to show you how to interact with the API, and how an application interacts with an API. If this were a production application ...

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