Landing : Athabascau University

Unit 7: Helpful Tips for Using Web API

Hey all, 

I hope all is well. After spending considerable time trying to implement web API functionality to my website, I learned some things that I hope can save some of you time and stress when doing yours. The first thing that I would like to share regards requesting an API key from Google. A unique key is required in order to utilize Google’s map web services. This key is requested through Google’s Developer page. What I would like to point out is that this key WILL NOT be granted if using a university Google account. I wasted a lot of time trying to obtain a key while requesting from a university GMail account. 

Another important thing to note is that Instagram’s web API prevents you from embedding your entire feed. If this was something you planned on completing, it is best that you try to chase a different idea. Their were other functional third party APIs that had this ability, however, recent privacy updates from Instagram has changed that. As a result, the only thing that Instagram’s API can do is embed individual images and videos. 

I hope this is able to save some of you a little bit of time, I wish I had known this when I started.

 

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