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QuickBase: The Missing Manual by Nancy Conner

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The QuickBase API

If the first thing that comes to mind when you hear API is Air Pollution Index or the American Petroleum Institute, you can probably skip this section. But if you know that API stands for application program interface—which offers the building blocks that let a programmer create a program to communicate and work with QuickBase—then read on. The folks at Intuit have made it easy for you to write your own programs to work with QuickBase by creating the QuickBase API.

An API is a set of routines, calling conventions, and tools that let one program use features provided by another. If you’re a developer (or just someone who knows a thing or two about programming), you can use an API to build programs that are consistent with a particular operating environment—in this case, QuickBase. The QuickBase API offers a reliable, stable interface that lets you write programs to access your QuickBase tables.

What Can the QuickBase API Do?

The QuickBase API lets you write programs for these tasks:

  • Add, modify, or delete records.

  • Change an application’s permissions.

  • Add or delete fields.

  • Change a field’s properties.

  • Find database IDs by database name.

  • Copy a database.

  • Retrieve records one at time.

  • Find records by executing queries.

  • Retrieve and modify the schema of an application.

  • Build your own Web applications on QuickBase, such as a generic data entry form for your own Web site.

  • Automate back-end processes, like nightly updates of your data.

The QuickBase API works with any environment that ...

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