Build and customize your first API with StrongLoop in less than 7 minutes

The StrongLoop API Platform features the popular open source LoopBack framework. LoopBack enables you to quickly compose scalable APIs, runs on top of the Express web framework and conforms to the Swagger 2.0 specification.

In this video, I showed how to quickly build and customize a REST API powered by LoopBack. Some things to make sure that they are there before applying this video:

  1. The model object (Cafeteria) used in this API is persistent in MongoDB. So make sure to start MongoDB before applying this video steps.
  2. Make sure to create an account in https://strongloop.com/register/ because you will use this account to access the API Composer.
  3. Make sure to have Node.JS installed in your machine: https://nodejs.org/en/
  4. Install StrongLoop by executing the following command:
    $ npm install -g strongloop
  5. Know the purpose of the following commands:
    $ slc loopback
    

    This command creates a Node.js application using the LoopBack framework.

    $ slc arc
    

    This command runs StrongLoop Arc (which provides a GUI to define the app model), by default opening it in a web browser window.

  6. The last part of this video shows how to customize the Cafeteria RESTful API by implementing a new attribute status. The cafeteria status can be accessed using "GET /api/Cafeteria/status".

Enjoy watching the video:

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About Hazem Saleh

Hazem Saleh has more than eleven years of experience in Cloud, Mobile and Open Source technologies. He worked as a software engineer, technical leader, application architect, and technical consultant for many clients around the world. He is an Apache PMC (Project Management Committee) member and a person who spent many years of his life writing open source software. Beside being the author of the "JavaScript Unit Testing" book, "JavaScript Mobile Application Development" book, "Pro JSF and HTML5" book and the co-author of the "Definitive guide to Apache MyFaces" book, Hazem is also an author of many technical articles, a developerWorks contributing author and a technical speaker in both local and international conferences such as ApacheCon North America, Geecon, JavaLand, JSFDays, CON-FESS Vienna and JavaOne. Hazem is an XIBMer, he worked in IBM for ten years. Now, He is working for Nickelodeon New York as a Mobile Architect. He is also an OpenGroup Master Certified Specialist.

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