Aspire Journeys

Programmer to API Developer

  • 44 Courses | 53h 21m 25s
  • 4 Labs | 32h
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Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) have become an important aspect of web development, as they can simplify the task of building software applications. In this Journey, you will explore and learn skills that will allow you to go from a software programmer to an API developer.

Track 1: Programmer

In this Skillsoft Aspire track of the Programmer to API Developer journey, the focus is on API development fundamentals, reusable code, refactoring, Agile and TDD best practices for APIs.

  • 11 Courses | 14h 58m 27s
  • 1 Lab | 8h

Track 2: Programming Analyst

In this Skillsoft Aspire track of the Programmer to API Developer journey, the focus is on software planning and design, effective Rapid Application Development, automated testing, and penetration testing for software.

  • 11 Courses | 11h 52m 39s
  • 1 Lab | 8h

Track 3: Web Services & Systems Programmer

In this Skillsoft Aspire track of the Programmer to API Developer journey, the focus is on API lifecycle and CI/CD best practices, clean and secure coding, API management, and API error handling.

  • 9 Courses | 9h 50m 51s
  • 1 Lab | 8h

Track 4: API Developer

In this Skillsoft Aspire track of the Programmer to API Developer journey, the focus is on API end to end development including REST and SOAP, API data models, web technologies, web API security, cloud API management, and API development tools.

  • 13 Courses | 16h 39m 28s
  • 1 Lab | 8h

COURSES INCLUDED

Patterns in Programming: API Design Patterns
In this course, you'll learn about a number of API design patterns, including behavioral, creational, structural, and adapter, as well as design anti-patterns, and software refactoring techniques. You’ll start by examining the overall importance of design patterns, behavioral design patterns and their implementations, and see how to create the iterator design pattern. You’ll then explore creational and structural design patterns and the implementation of each, as well as how to create the singleton and adapter design patterns. Next, you’ll learn about design anti-patterns and the different types, and software refactoring and refactoring techniques for solving architectural coding problems. Lastly, you’ll examine the API pattern principles and the basic design patterns for implementing API resource layout and naming.
14 videos | 1h
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Patterns in Programming: Patterns in API Programming
Design patterns help programmers resolve common issues by formalizing best practices. In this course, you'll explore API-specific patterns and how they relate to API services. You’ll start by learning about the differences between stateful and stateless API patterns, as well as content negotiation, URI templates, Design for Intent, and how each relates to API services. You’ll then move on to examine the methods for performing versioning, bulk operations, and pagination with API services. Next, you’ll learn about methods for performing sorting and filtering, as well as API notification and error logging with API services. Lastly, you’ll see the differences between REST and SOAP API web services and when to use each, as well as how to implement both a RESTful and SOAP-based web service.
14 videos | 1h
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Reusable API Code
Reusable API code can translate into quicker development and release times. In this course, you’ll learn about the different types of reusable code patterns and best practices when using each. You'll examine the creation of reusable code using a multi-tier software architecture process, a component-based development process, and an API First development process. You’ll then learn the differences between API documentation, specifications, and definitions. Next, you'll move on to look at how to implement both a multi-tier software application and a component-based library. You’ll explore the differences between APIs and web services. Finally, you’ll learn about reusable REST API web services and how to implement them.
14 videos | 1h
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Refactoring API Code
Code refactoring can make code more manageable and efficient, and reduce technical debt. In this course, you’ll learn about the need for refactoring, best practices, and benefits of refactoring code. You’ll then examine technical debt and how to manage it, how to determine whether or not to refactor, and how refactoring relates to test-driven development. Next, you’ll explore available tools to aid in the refactoring process, and the classes of various code refactoring methods and features. You’ll continue with an examination of the code refactoring methods of coordinating data, and simplifying Boolean expressions, method calls, and class hierarchies. Lastly, you’ll explore the process of refactoring code to move towards a microservice architecture.
14 videos | 1h
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Agile & TDD Best Practices for APIs: Test-driven Development Strategy
Test-driven strategies help you develop highly usable software. In this course, you'll explore a number of test-driven development strategies, including test-driven development, test first development, acceptance test-driven development, traditional software testing, and unit testing. You’ll start by examining the TDD cycle, TDD best practices, and the TFD process. You’ll then examine the similarities and differences between TDD and TFD, as well as TDD and test last development. Next, you’ll learn about the ATDD process and how TDD compares with ATDD. You’ll look at unit testing, including its purpose, best practices, characteristics, and testing tools. Lastly, you’ll see how to perform unit testing with frameworks.
14 videos | 59m
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Agile & TDD Best Practices for APIs: Test-driven Development Design Patterns
Coupling test-driven development and design patterns will create higher efficiency for the Agile environment. In this course, you’ll examine TDD design patterns and how to develop code using TTD. You’ll learn about mock frameworks and mock objects, their importance, and how to use a mock framework while performing TDD. Next, you’ll explore user stories and best practices for using them in Agile software development. You'll learn the purpose of user story mapping and how to perform user story mapping with an online tool. You’ll see how to write scenarios and scenario outlines using Cucumber and Gherkin scenario syntax. Lastly, you’ll learn how to write scenarios and scenario outlines using Cucumber.
14 videos | 1h
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Agile & TDD Best Practices for APIs: SOLID Design Principles
SOLID design principles help make software stable and flexible. In this course, you’ll learn about the five SOLID design principles for software development, which are Single Responsibility Principle, Open/Closed Principle, Liskov Substitution Principle, Interface Segregation Principle, and Dependency Inversion Principle. You’ll then explore the use of each of the five SOLID principles in code. Next, you’ll examine the behavior-driven development process, including its benefits, how to perform BDD using Cucumber, and how to integrate BDD into the Scrum process. Lastly, you’ll learn about the similarities and differences between test-driven development and behavior-driven development.
14 videos | 1h
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Agile & TDD Best Practices for APIs: API Microservices Using TDD
Microservices thrive on independent services to provide flexibility, autonomous processes, and communication through APIs. In this course, you’ll examine the differences between Microservices and APIs, the benefits of using the Microservice Architecture, and the use of TDD for creating microservices. You’ll then learn how to create a simple microservice and the process of using TDD and BDD principles to develop APIs. Next, you’ll explore software testing techniques and tools for performing software testing. Lastly, you’ll learn how to perform a number of testing techniques, including unit testing, integration testing, regression testing, and acceptance testing.
14 videos | 1h
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API Development: Introduction to APIs
Without APIs, most software would cease to exist. In this course, you’ll learn about the importance of APIs and the move towards cloud-based web services. You'll explore use cases, how they are used for modeling behavior, and how to create a use case diagram. You’ll then examine the differences between common API use cases and public APIs and web services that can be consumed. Next, you’ll learn how to use a weather service web API and examine common API issues when developing and using APIs. You’ll then explore API lifecycle management, and cloud-based APIs and their importance to developers. Lastly, you’ll learn API development skills, characteristics that make a good API, and modern trends in API design.
14 videos | 2h