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How to Use APIs?

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I'm pretty sure if you're on this page, you must have confused yourself with how to use API's, right? I mean the title is clear, so yeah that's what this article is about, and of course, you're more than welcome to get along this guide, ofcourse I'm making it detailed and illustrated, so trust me by the end of this piece you'll have a clear picture of How to use APIs.

 Well like all of my articles I like to introduce the topic a bit before actually going on the deep adventurous ride into it, so well keeping the traditions up let me tell you…

What is API?

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API is the abbreviated form of application programming Interface, well just like application programming language, application programming interface is the interface that makes it easier for programmers get along their apps.

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Well no its not that simple, but if you seriously want the complicated but specific definition of it, then it reads something like “ This is the interface that specifies how your application will interact with other components, it is specifically important and comes in to use while designing graphical user interfaces”.

Of course, it's not a scientifically established definition but, it was the easiest explanation I could give birth to in my mind to explain to you what an API is, in the simplest possible form.

What are the Uses of APIs?

I already told you, it makes programming easier.  But well that's not really what you are looking for, huh? I mean I am pretty sure you're looking for more concrete, specific answers,  well I know that so let me give it to you.

The one greatest benefit of APIs right now in 2016 is that API lets you connect one app, application, or just about anything online to something else.  I mean have you seen all those third party Amazon stores, which are not exactly Amazon but are promoting Amazon products? Well, that's API that makes it possible.

Not just that,  it might come as a surprise to you, but the copy paste which you are so fond of, is also a gift of API integration into Microsoft Windows or maybe your Mac.

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Oh hey, guess what, in a simpler environment probably you can imagine this, take API To Be the bricks,  on which your house is built, and the programmer takes the bricks up and makes the house (meaning the application).

So ya its like the API is the modulated form of a lot of elements, and its up to the programmer to design them and make use of them as he wishes, but in a nutshell, I can say that the API makes it a lot easier for programmers to work on their app, simple as that.

How to Use APIs:-

Unless you are trying code an app from scratch, there's not a lot of meddling you have to do  With the code.

For example, in most cases, you will have a box you just have to embed the API from the program which you are trying to link, and it's done.

Ok let me show this to you as an example, I will try to link the optinmonster plugin that comes for WordPress, with my email client that is MailChimp.

See? I get to the screen where it asks me for the API; this is the only place where I'll be ever asked for an API with OptinMonster (And for most of the tools on the internet, it's almost the same, after all, they all are advanced enough).

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Now, all I have to do is, copy paste the API from the service I'm trying to connect. (For e.g.,. from Mailchimp).

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So see? That was how easy it was for me to use the Mailchimp API and integrate it with my OptinMonster.

Well this is how you integrate almost all the platforms online, because it's the easy way (and the only way they allow you to.) But what if you're not looking to integrate two plugins or online tools? But something totally from scratch?

How to Use APIs: – The Long Way Around…

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I already said, it's not that you will always want to use an API only to link to online plugins, software and tools right?

Well let me take you the other way round, this definitely is a bit more complicated and is not straight forward, but this is what you're asking for, right?

Okay so, first of all, keep this in mind that every API key is slightly different from the other, but they have the same basic building blocks, think of it in a way that every house you live in is built almost with the same stuff, right?

I mean they all comprise of the pillars, doors, windows, and the roof right? So that's about how an API works, they are not the same, but if you take a deeper look into it, you'll understand what they are made of.

And once you to understand what they are made up of, all you have to do is alter the values and keys you want with your own data and then you can receive almost anything you want of that API key.

For an example let us take the following API key:-

http://en.wikipedia.org/w/api.php?action=query&list=backlinks&bltitle=Star%20Wars&bllimit=10

Now here is the point, every API looks almost similar, so you just have to understand what it is saying, and you have to make it say something different something that you want simple as that.

Breaking Down the Above API:-

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/w/api.php —Okay so this is the first part, the URL. It's like the location of where the API is hosted.
  • action=query —Well if you've spent some time with computer languages, you'd understand that this query is asking the string to fetch any data, that the later API asks for, right?
  • list=backlinks — This is like the main function of the API, it's asking it to list all the pages that link to one certain page.
  • bltitle=Star%20Wars —And this is the page, for which the above string was requesting the links for, meaning the “Stars Wars” page.
  • bllimit=10 —Oh this is just the limit, of the results the API will get.

See? Nothing very “complicated” in the real picture huh? You can manipulate that API any way you wish for, change values and get your hands on what you're asking for. (Ofcourse, as long as the data you're looking for isn't protected.)

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Example #2:-

Okay I know, one example might not make things to you as clear as I want them to be, so well let's take another example of a Twitter API.

http://api.twitter.com/1/users/show.xml?screen_name=theevanderek

  • http://api.twitter.com/1 — This is just the version of the Twitter API:- 1
  • users — The section which the API will attack (Well, “fetch” to sound more decent.)
  • show.xml — The format in which you'll get the results. They can either be in HTML or XML, this one's set to show in XML.
  • screen_name=theevanderek —It'll fetch all the info, the image, description, name of the person etc.

See? Where's the hard part? Just modify the strings and values you want, and congratulations mission accomplished!

Resource Center:-

Just now I had this idea of including a resource center section in all of my future articles, technically what I will do is in this section I will just list out some of the more day to day and frequently used links, tools and Apps that you might need along with the specific articles.

So over here I'm listing some of the most common API centers you might be interested in:-

Final Words:-

So I'm hoping this piece solved your curious mind's queries regarding How to use APIs, right? Although it's totally possible to still be confused about certain points or aspects of this article that might not have been totally clear to you.

Guess what, that's why the Comment boxes have been placed down below guys, make use of it, trust me I reply to each and every one of them.

Evan Derek is the Founder and Chief SEO Analyst @ VebbLabbs. Specialising in Affiliate Marketing and helping newcomers to make it a stable profession in the online world, he boasts 6+ years of experience in the industry. 19 year has he spent on this planet successfully, and plans on spending atleast 50more !

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How To Download YouTube Videos More Faster Using IDM

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As we all know YouTube is the largest video sharing website. It’s the biggest online video community in the world. It allows Users to Upload their Video, Download YouTube Videos, and these videos can be seen anywhere.

Any user can watch, videos by just login on the website. You can find different variety of videos here, for example, learning videos, entertainment, comedy, action, movies, music, marketing and many more from any part of the World.
According to YouTube Latest Stats more than 3.5 to 4 billion videos viewed per day(approx) and 48 hours of video Uploaded per minute. This is all about the Giant Videos WebSite “YouTube”.

By default, YouTube does not allow to download videos due to Copyrighted/patent issue. It only allows to send the Link to friend & family and he/she can watch it from anywhere in the World on YouTube.

But, today We come up with a new trick to download YouTube videos with More fastest speed by IDM. IDM here refers to fastest- “Internet Download manager”. So, here are the Instructions to Download videos from YouTube using IDM.

Steps To Download YouTube Videos using IDM

1. Go to IDM Link for download Internet Download Manager and download the files. (It's free)
2. After downloading the file, install it in your Computer.
3. After Installing IDM just Restart the computer, Your Browser to run IDM Addon on it.
4. Now go to YouTube Website and while watching it you will get Notify about a button Above Right side your Video Saying that Download this Video-Green Arrow- Just click it and your video will start downloading using IDM with more fastest Speed as compared to others software and tricks.

Benefits of Downloading YouTube Videos Using IDM

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1. It maximizes your Downloading Speed up to 8 times.
2. It Supports Resume/pause Download that will start downloading data from the interrupted state due to the lost connection or Any Network Problems or Computer Restarts due to unexpected recovery problem.
3. It Supports all browsers with User-friendly Interface.
4. It also has many inbuilt features like a dial for download videos and also shut down the computer, when downloads get completed.
5. It directly fetches the Video with All Available and given formats as possible.

So using this awesome and world's best downloading software you can download youtube videos very fast !!

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How To Use Google Advanced Image Search For Finding Royalty FREE Images

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Let us start with a simple question, what's the most common way that you use to find images? Most of the people just Google about the topic, save the images that they like and use them for their purpose.

Many people even put their own watermarks on the images they found on Google, well all these things are actually wrong you may have to pay a fine of almost 1000$ per image.

You never know that the image you downloaded from Google is copyrighted or not. Personally speaking, many of my fellow blogger friends have already faced an issue because of using copyrighted images.

Sometimes you may even have to shut your blog down.

You must be thinking that the best way is to generate the images yourself. Well, this is not the only solution, no doubt this is one of the best ways. I

n this article, I will be showing you How To Use Google Advanced Image Search For Finding Royalty FREE Images.

You must be wondering what do I exactly mean by Royalty free images, these are some images which are not acclaimed/copyrighted by any online firm or blog.

It means you guys can use these images in any way you want, no one will charge you even if you put on your own watermark on these images.

These images also prove to be pretty handy to the people who design flyers/posters for different firms and educational agencies.

So without any further delay lets get down to the main topic, below are given the steps using which you will easily be able to find some useful and royalty free images.

Follow the steps as listed below:-

  1. Google whichever topic that you want to search the image on and select the images tab.
  2. Now all the right you will see a gear icon, all you need to do is just click on that gear icon and go to advanced search.
  3. Now once you click on Advanced search, it will open up a completely new window in the same tab, here you will see a lot many setting, all you need to do is just simply scroll down to Usage Rights once you click on that it will open up a drop-down menu, from this drop-down menu select “Free to use and share even commercially “.
  4. Now once you have done this, without playing around with the other options, just go ahead and click on advanced search button which will be on the right side in blue colour.
  5. Once you click on the button it will take you back to the image window in the same tab, but this time all the images you see up there are completely royalty free and meant to be used in any way that you want to.
  6. So all good to go? you will now also get some additional features, for eg:- when you click on Labeled for reuse you will get several options and you select the one you feel the most suitable to you.

Hope this article helped you out, Keep stalking for more tricks 🙂

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How to Delete Google Plus Profile Easily

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Are you one of those, who actually think that Google is making you use a Google Plus account forcefully?

Well, let me tell you that Google has taken some pretty awesome steps to make a Google Plus profile almost compulsory for each and every person in order to use some of these features.

Although Google Plus has some really nice and refreshing features which give us a break from the blues of Facebook and Twitter any social account needs attention and maintenance.

So many people really fed up of managing too many social networking accounts, well don't you worry we have got you covered under this section.

I am pretty sure some of you must have tried your level best to delete your Google Plus account.

I have personally seen some of my friends uninstalling there Google Plus Apps, thinking it would delete their account, two of them actually did even stopped using their Gmail ids.

Well truly speaking this is not rocket science, you can easily do this in few clicks, provided you know where to click:-P,

In this article, I will be giving you the complete step by step instructions on how to delete your Google Plus Profile easily.

STEP – 1  First of all log into your Gmail account, remember you have to log into your main Gmail account, not into your Google Plus ( Don't worry this is not gonna delete your Gmail ID)

STEP – 2 Now, once you are logged in you will be able to see your small profile photo in the left corner of the screen, all you need to do is just click on it, now a small window will appear as a drop-down, click on ‘Account' which would be written in blue colour.

STEP – 3 Once you click on account, a new window will open up with all the major settings of your main Gmail Account. Now you have to click on the Data Tools tab, by default it will be on the Personal Information Tab.

STEP – 4 You guys are almost done deleting your Google Plus profile, All you gotta do now is that click on the option ‘Delete Google+ profile and features, in this step you have a be a bit careful because if you select any other option you may end up losing your Gmail id as well. So make sure that you guys click on ‘Delete Google+ profile and features' only.

STEP – 5 Well this is the step where most of the people opt out of the process of deleting there Google Plus profile, because of a simple pop up designed by Google to threaten you a bit before deleting your profile. This popup will tell you guys what all features you would be turning off once you have deleted your Google Plus profile.

My suggestion is that go through it once and if you find that a really essential feature may be deleted you may opt out, although the chances are very few.

Hence just go ahead and click on the Remove selected services button.

So, that it 5 easy steps and you are rid of your Google+ plus profile, hope you guys enjoyed the tutorial, keep stalking for more tips and tricks.

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How to Convert DVD to iTunes

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Convert DVD to iTunes is a very common thought among us but the solution is very simple is not known by many of us!

One may need this for just copying the DVD stuff from iTunes to iPad or iPhone and listen to it on the go smoothly! So we here are gonna know how easily we can convert a ripped DVD or CD into your iTunes.

and we all are very well aware that we cannot convert DVD to iTunes directly as iTunes doesn't support the DVD format so what to do next ??

Actually what you need is only a professional DVD ripper that can help you convert DVD movies to iTunes supported video formats with fast with the good video quality.

An aimersoft DVD Ripper is the best alternative software for this task! Besides, one can crop the black bars we see on low-resolution large screens, add special video effects, split or merge videos, add titles and subtitles etc.

As you like with the built-in editor. Download this software to watch your stuff running on iPhone 5, New iPad, iPod touch, etc. in just a few mouse clicks!

Convert DVD to iTunes Now

Download here –

Install this software and follow the steps-

Import DVD to the program, Launch Aimersoft DVD Ripper, click on “Load DVD” to add DVD Movies or ISO files that you want to rip to iTunes.

One can always click edit button to add editing effects and also one can take screenshots and preview the video which is to be converted.

Select the output format in which you want to have your video converted that will be in a choice with the products.

Now just the last step to start converting your video to your specified format and you just convert DVD to iTunes after this step and also now iTunes will read this stuff may be an audio-video or anything you want!

Transfer all your stuff to your iTunes and then to any iOSdevice that you like that may be your brand new iPhone 5. This is the biggest difficulties that all newbies who started using iOS after android face this daily!

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How to Embed YouTube Videos in PowerPoint

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So here we are with another informatic post for How to embed Youtube Video in PowerPoint in seconds and ease! Embedding Youtube Video in PowerPoint is not a very easy task indeed but is important sometimes.

Why embed Youtube Video in PowerPoint?

The question is very clear in all senses, and the answer for this will also be the same, Yes adding a Youtube Video in PowerPoint presentation will add a lot of good effects including sympathetic support from the audience.

A video explains few things better than slides so after the presentation adding a summed up video of the presentation will leave a better impact of the product you are presenting.

A few things cannot be explained in presentation like working off some machinery so adding an animated video will always make it crystal clear to the viewer.

Now If anyone is interested to know that how to o this then read on to take the advantages of the stated above.

Embedding Youtube Video in PowerPoint!

We have 3 ways to embed a Youtube video into a presentation. Firstly one can embed it into the presentation which will require good internet connectivity when running the presentation.

Secondly, One can export videos from Google Docs. The third simple is to download youtube video into your hard disk and insert it simply!

Embed YouTube Videos Directly into PowerPoint!

This method is recommended only if one has the security of a good internet connection at the venue of the presentation.

One can do this by Downloading and installing the YouTube Wizard plug-in and it will add a new “Insert YouTube Video” command to your PowerPoint Toolbar.

One can easily resize and reshape the player like any other object in powerpoint which makes it really versatile to use!

You simply have to type the URL of the YouTube video and follow the wizard to embed the YouTube video player in your current PowerPoint slide.

Get Videos from Google Docs into PowerPoint

While Google Docs does provide an “Export as PPT” option, the problem with this format is that it converts all embedded YouTube clips into static images which is something you don’t want.

There’s however a simple workaround – just publish that Google Docs presentation as an HTML slideshow and then insert it like a web page in PowerPoint.

Thus you can play YouTube clips inside PowerPoint even though they are part of your Google Docs presentation.

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An advantage of this approach is that if you change any of the YouTube videos clip in your original Google Docs presentation, it will be reflected in the PowerPoint presentation as well.

Embed Youtube video in PowerPoint from your PC!

This is the best-opted option for when one is not sure for internet connectivity at the venue.

Also adding this method is not versatile with the people who change their laptop regularly as one has to copy the video along with the presentation whenever it is to be presented.

First, download the YouTube video to your computer in either Windows Media or AVI format since PowerPoint doesn’t understand the default FLV or MP4 formats of YouTube.

Once the video is saved as an AVI or WMV file, switch to PowerPoint and choose Insert – > Movie – > “Movie from file” to put the YouTube video into the current slide.

This was just how to add Youtube Video in PowerPoint with 3 easy methods! comments and problems are always welcomed in the comments! 🙂

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