A Web API Is a Requirement
Modern, successful websites, e-commerce applications, and mobile apps are built with the following goals in mind:
- Creating an API for third-party developers, affiliates, and clients to accelerate business development to get maximum exposure
- Providing accessibility from any device to address the largest possible audience
- Providing captivating and seamless user experiences (UX) to keep audiences engaged
- Leveraging external web assets to augment the company’s content (mashups)
Many successful websites have been around for many years and have not been designed with APIs in mind. These sites use technologies like PHP, ASP.Net, and JSP (Java Server Pages). Unfortunately, these technologies can weave dynamic content into a webpage only upon page reload, which drastically detracts from the user experience.
An engaging user experience (UX) can be accomplished with browser-side HTML5 application logic, but that requires data accessible as HTTP resources, typically represented as JSON or XML documents. To facilitate those resources, a RESTful web service (API) is vital.
But development of a RESTful web service can be very time consuming and costly. SlashDB can easily save 90% of the time required to develop a REST API.
API on the Fly™: Set Up an API in Hours, Not Months
SlashDB can be installed next to your web server and database. Once installed, a simple database-connection configuration is all that is necessary to produce an instant API. SlashDB constructs a RESTful web service out of relational databases. It works with any website and has complete coverage of relational database management systems (RDBMS) like MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, and others. SlashDB API is ready to use in a matter of minutes.
Deliver Data from Databases to HTML5 and Mobile Apps
Whether you develop mobile applications natively for iOS and Android or you utilize frameworks like Ionic or PhoneGap to build portable HTML5-based mobile apps, SlashDB delivers the back end you need. Once SlashDB connects to the database, every table, record, or field becomes addressable by a URL for reading and writing by authorized websites or third-party applications. From that point, you can decide which URLs and what data formats to use. In addition to automatically discovered database resources, SlashDB allows you to configure SQL queries, which become accessible by URLs too.
Safer then Backend as a Service (BaaS)
Instead of moving your valuable data to third-party backend as as service (BaaS), simply install SlashDB next to your databases to instantly provision the backend API in a fraction of time as compared to BaaS or custom development. Most installations can be done in a matter of hours, and you remain in full control of the software and technology stack.
Easy as 1, 2, 3 (and 4)
Simplicity and timesaving are the main selling points of SlashDB when it comes to building an API. The typical process can be accomplished in a matter of hours:
- Install SlashDB next to your web server and database
- Fill out one web form to connect SlashDB with your database.
- SlashDB discovers database content and makes everything addressable by URL.
- Add custom queries as needed.
Once that’s done, authorized apps can instantly reach your data by URLs for reading and writing.