Web Services Setup In Drupal 8

It’s The Web Services that makes the Drupal so simple and user friendly. But We all know that drupal 8 is been out and everybody is excited about it specially regrading the web services.

It’s Basically the Web services which makes the web applications interactions over the web possible like reading, creating, updating, and deleting of resources.. There Are Several Types of Web services, including:

  • SOAP:
  • XML-RPC:
  • REST:

Drupal sites generally uses REST web Standards but also provides an integrate third-party web services.

Overview of REST

REST is most likely the Best ways of making Web Services work. There are other formats also like SOAP or XML-RPC, but here we’ll only going to focus on REST because it’s Drupal standard.

We all Know REST uses basic HTTP requests techniques to obtain and update any data like

GET: Requests to obtain data.

  • POST: Requests to update or create data.
  • PUT: Requests to update or create data (limited support, currently unused by entity resources).
  • PATCH: Requests to update a subset of data, such as one field.
  • DELETE: Requests to delete data.

 

Step 1 – First Step is to Enable enable Restful Web Services and Serialization Module under webservices.

Enabling Modules

Step 2 – Now 2nd Step is To Grant the permissions which will allow users of your API to send  GET  To read a resource,POST to create a resource , PATCH to update , and to delete any thing we use delete DELETE. 

Configuring Permissions

 Step 3 – Final step is to create a view for Application Programming Interface.

For that

  • First You need to Create a view with REST Export display
  • Then select the particular Format as Serializer and after that in the setting just check the JSON or XML option box or both depending on what you need.
  • Now Configure the filter criteria as per your need.
  • Now select the path I’ve selected my path as ‘all-content’
  • By default this view exposes the whole entity data but if you want more control you can select the fields that you want to show. For e.g you can show just the title of all nodes and nothing else

Setting Up View

That’s it we are done. Now all you need to do is to point the browser to http://www.your-site.com/all-content and see the json (JavaScript Object Notation). Now you can use REST API.

FOR GET REQUEST:

Here I am using DHC REST API for chrome or you can use Dev HTTP Client  to make GET request . Here is a simple get request for example,

Final Result

FOR POST REQUEST:

We can also do POST requests using the same method. All you need to do is to update the permissons for POST in RESTful Web Services section and that’s it. This is the final result you’ll get

Drupal 8 Post Request

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Reasons why every web designer needs to learn Ruby on Rails

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Ruby on Rails or RoR is a powerful full-stack open-source web development framework that comes packed with a number of features and functionalities. According to TIOBE, a programming community indexing company which measures the popularity of programming languages, Ruby jumped to 11th position this year which is its highest rank since 2001. Websites like Flipkart, Basecamp, GitHub, Airbnb, all use this framework to get their applications up and running quickly. According to an estimate, over 1.2 million websites are running on Ruby on Rails. Touted as a developer friendly framework, Ruby on Rails can help you create websites in much lesser time and allows for higher productivity and efficiency. With these many benefits, if you are still looking for reasons to adopt Ruby on Rails, check out some reasons why every web designer need to learn Ruby on Rails.

Rails has well-versed documentation

Ruby on Rails has well-versed documentation in comparison to other web frameworks. Although it may be difficult to get many books on Ruby on Rails, with it being a relatively new programming language, a large number of video tutorials, documentations, and blogs are available online for free to help you quickly learn Ruby on Rails. A number of surveys have highlighted the growing popularity of Ruby on Rails among small businesses and start-ups. As an open source web framework, Rails helps enterprises to create web applications without paying any fees or royalty. So the beginners can always enhance their career prospects by learning a popular web framework like RoR.

RoR provides more output

Since it is an open source web framework it makes it easier for independent web developers to impress clients by lowering the project overheads. Even though, Ruby on Rails is open-source, it still includes many new features that are provided by other popular web frameworks despite being free.

RoR is supported by a big community

RoR is used by several high-traffic websites because it is supported by a large and thriving community spread across the world. The learners can always stay connected with the active community to fix development issues without any delay because the members of the community share code snippets and tools to simplify Rails App development. A number of freelancers are using RoR for developing web applications mainly because of this large community. In addition to being popular among small businesses, RoR is also being used by several big companies. It shows the effectiveness of the web framework and it can be assessed from the fact that it is currently being used by some of the large and high-traffic websites like Scribd, Groupon, Github, Shopify, Basecamp, Airbnb, Square, Yammer, Hulu, Slideshare, Soundcloud and Zendesk.

Be a full-stack developer

Rails is designed as a full-stack web framework. So developers can use it for building both frontend and backend of the web application. Each developer can further use Rails to build an entire web application without availing the assistance of other professionals. Also, he can learn HTML, JavaScript, CSS and Ruby while using the web framework and can become a professional ruby on rails developer.

Rails supports code-based data model

After a long time of working on one platform, people do lose interest in the same repetitive tasks. RoR gives you immense opportunity to do things different ways. Rails allows programmers to build data models by writing code. The developers can further modify and manipulate the existing data models through custom scripts. Thus, it becomes easier for them to deploy the web application on multiple web servers or boost user experience by targeting various databases.

Expand your skillsets if you know PHP

Rails and PHP are very similar and so learning Rails with a little bit of knowledge of PHP is easy. The transition from PHP to Ruby on Rails may even be called as seamless.
Coders need to learn different framework coding for making improvement in applications. If we want to keep improving ourselves, learning RoR coding along with mobile software development will help us become better.