There is more data available today than ever before, but available datasets are not necessarily accessible datasets. Datasets often languish because they lack easily accessible APIs, or worse, precious research time is spent recreating tools needed to work with data. Erin McKean explains how to build and deploy a useful API for a legacy dataset with LoopBack, an open source Node API framework, as she walks you through creating a clean, modern API from WordNet, an openly licensed dataset that is downloadable as a (complicated) MySQL database.
You might think that creating an API for a legacy dataset or database is too time consuming or involved, but with Loopback, you can go from gnarly old SQL to shiny APIs in a remarkably short time. With Loopback, what’s important is knowledge of your data. If you know your data, Loopback makes it simple to create CRUD APIs and straightforward to create APIs for custom methods, as well. With Loopback, you’ll want to API all the data.
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