Web Development

Updated Aug 27th, 2022

APIs are the lifeblood of getting data into and out of a database, meaning the heart of any web or mobile app. The fancy front-ends are nothing without the functionality that ultimately a backend server provides. API calls and what they can accomplish are the truth to what really gives an app its functionality, and privacy and security. You can build test projects with dummy data or store data in local storage but the true power comes from a server. It’s the API calls that do the heavy lifting, interacting with the server where business logic and database functionality lives is where the magic happens.

Favorite 3rd Party APIs


Recipe Puppy:


Yahoo finance




Federal Reserve bank of St. Louis



Public APIs on Github


So there’s 258 APIs at a website called Devresources.es there’s a spoonacular API, a deck of cards API, the giphy API. Adviceslip.com jservice.io has trivia questions omdb.api.com is for movies there’s the dogs API which I’ve seen before.

FakestoreApi.com used in FCC shopping cart tutorial from swedish dude.

Scraper API

Link to site here. Saw on JS Mastery API video. Free up to 5000 requests? Also install JSON formatter as a chrome extension to see parsed JSON in the browser much easier. Make everyone get their own key and pass into the API route as a function argument. Hosting API on Heroku. Add to rapidAPI marketplace. Create API limits with tiered pricing and payments with DocuSign.