Working with Web APIs — Presentation at Web on the Piste

Just finished my session on Working with Web APIs at Web on the Piste, Queenstown, New Zealand. The presentation was about:

  • What are Web APIs
  • How do they work
  • How to use them
  • Creating a ColdFusion and Flex front-end using Flickr API

As with my presentation yesterday on “Introduction to Flex”, I had a lot of content, and lots to talk about. The presentation is attached with this blog. It was a light presentation. My session was one of the last few sessions for today and I just wanted to try and keep it simple and fun.

Originally I had intended to create an app that used Flickr API. However, lack of time forced me to use the finished application.

Download the presentation and code.

Unzip the attached file in your webroot. That would extract the PDF in the webroot, and create two other folders — one contains CFCs and the other the code to use CFCs. The latter one also contains an mxml file that you can compile in Flex Builder to talk to the CFCs. I’d love to hear from you on what you think about the presentation, code and using APIs.

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