JS 303: Working with APIs

Chancellor Hotel on Union Square - 433 Powell Street San Francisco - View Map Girl Develop It San Francisco
Wed, Aug 12, 2015, 6:15 PM (PDT)

About this event

An API is a service that lets one website use data or functionality from another website, and most modern webpages rely on at least one API - like the Facebook API for social interaction, the Google Analytics API for tracking, or the DoubleClick API for ads. In this workshop, you'll learn how JavaScript-based APIs actually work behind the scenes, plus be introduced to a wealth of APIs to enhance your websites.

The workshop will be a mix of lectures and hands-on exercises in pairs, and will be taught by Pamela, the GDI SF founder. This workshop is highly recommended for anyone attending our frontend workshop series.


Attendees should be comfortable with HTML/CSS basics and JavaScript fundamentals (arrays, conditionals, loops, functions). Attendees should also have learned jQuery. That means that you either attended our HTML 101 workshop, JS 101 workshop and JQuery workshop, or that you learned those concepts online.

You can review them online at a few places:

•  HTML/CSS: Khan Academy's HTML/CSS course, Codecademy's HTML/CSS course, GDI SF HTML/CSS slides

• JS: Codecademy's JS course, Khan Academy's Intro to JS course, GDI SF JS slides

• jQuery: Codecademy's jQuery course

Tech requirements:

• Your laptop (Mac, PC, or Linux are all okay) and charger.

• A modern web browser - either Chrome or Firefox.

• A text editor. We recommend Sublime Text 2 (free; available for both Mac and PC) or Notepad++ (PC).

Topics covered:

Image/iframe APIs, JS widget APIs, JSONP APIs, JS API libraries

Thanks to First Databank for the great location and food!

If you'd like to attend but cannot afford the cost, please request a GDI scholarship.

If you are interested in being a TA, please fill out this form.


Wednesday, Aug 12
6:15 PM - 9:30 PM (PDT)


Chancellor Hotel on Union Square
433 Powell Street San Francisco