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Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) are a way of making computer programs talk to each other in a standardised way. This could be getting information from a remote service (e.g. getting tweets from Twitter), or adding information to a remote service (e.g. upload a video to YouTube), or interacting with hardware (e.g. changing the temperature on your thermostat) as well as a host of other possibilities.
In this session we will introduce you to APIs and what they can do, building up (with practical examples) to you writing your own API in R using the plumber library.
- What is an API?
- Where are APIs used?
- How can we use APIs in R?
- The plumber framework.
- Writing APIs with plumber in R.
This session will be done entirely in RStudio using R libraries. You should be comfortable using R, but there is no need to be an expert!
To get the most out of the session you should make sure you have RStudio installed, and the R packages listed below:
Check each of these loads prior to the session by running e.g.
Otherwise you may spend the session installing packages!