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Professional Development with Web APIs: Google, eBay, Amazon.com, MapPoint, FedEx

ISBN: 978-0-7645-9751-0
324 pages
April 2005
Professional Development with Web APIs: Google, eBay, Amazon.com, MapPoint, FedEx (0764597515) cover image


  • Shows developers how to harness the power of services such as Google, eBay, PayPal, and Amazon.com from within an application, whether it is Web-based, Windows-based, or even a Microsoft Office application
  • After a quick review of the basics, readers will dive into more advanced techniques such as calling the APIs from mobile devices, Office VBA programs, Windows Forms and Web applications, and even how to integrate the various APIs together for a complete solution
  • Veteran Wrox author Denise Gosnell skillfully guides readers through the ins and outs of the various services, the anatomy of an API query, which features are available via the APIs, and how to get results from their own applicationsReaders will build two fully functional applications to apply what they have learned-one a Windows program, the other a Web application
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Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Anatomy of a Web API.

Chapter 2: Using the Google API.

Chapter 3: Using the MapPoint API.

Chapter 4: Using the Amazon.com APIs.

Chapter 5: Using the eBay API.

Chapter 6: Using the PayPal API.

Chapter 7: Other Web APIs.

Chapter 8: Calling Web APIs from Mobile Devices.

Chapter 9: Calling Web APIs from Microsoft Office.

Chapter 10: Creating Your Own Web API.

Chapter 11: Case Study 1—Customer Relations Management Application.

Chapter 12: Case Study 2—Executive Dashboard Application.


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Author Information

Denise Gosnell is a software attorney with Woodard, Emhardt, Moriarty, McNett & Henry LLP (www.uspatent.com), a worldwide intellectualproperty law firm based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Denise has a unique background in both technology and law, and presently uses her deep technical and legal expertise to counsel hightech clients on intellectual property and technical matters.
Denise has over ten years of experience creating software applications, ranging from standalone and clientserver to enterprisewide applications. Denise has worked for leading software companies, such as Microsoft and EDS, and has earned a worldwide reputation for her technology expertise. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science – Business (summa cum laude) from Anderson University, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis.
Denise has coauthored six other software development books to date: Beginning Access 2003 VBA (Wiley Publishing, Inc.), Visual Basic .NET and SQL Server 2000: Building An Effective Data Layer (Wrox Press), Beginning Visual Basic.NET Databases (Wrox Press), Professional .NET Framework (Wrox Press), Professional SQL Server 2000 (Wrox Press), and MSDE Bible (IDG Books). Denise was a featured technology speaker at the Microsoft European Professional Developer’s Conference in December 2001 and has on numerous occasions assisted Microsoft’s Training and Certification group in creating new exams for their MCSD and MCSE certifications. She herself holds the MCSD certification.
Denise can be reached at dgosnell@uspatent.com or denisegosnell@yahoo.com.
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