by • September 3, 2013
What’s the story behind the DreamFactory Services Platform? We make applications ourselves on cloud platforms like Salesforce, Windows Azure, and AWS. Every new application we created for our customers required the same manual steps:
Ouch! All that time spent creating the backend services and API took away valuable time creating the actual application that customers would be using everyday.
We searched for an open source solution that could solve this problem. Alas, it didn’t exist. So we decided to build it. We realized that other app developers faced the exact same problems and could benefit from our work. So it made perfect sense to open source it.
Many of our customers are large enterprises with sophisticated requirements, especially around security. The platform had to satisfy several goals:
The unified REST API mentioned in goal 3 above is a key feature of the platform. Now you don’t have to write your own REST API. It’s automatically created for every backend service that your application needs.
The API includes 123 standard GET, POST, PUT, and DELETE calls for:
And every time you add a new service, the corresponding REST API for that service is automatically created and documented.
For example, say you connect to a MongoDB database with DreamFactory.
The new API ‘/mongo’ is automatically created and documented. Presto, now you have a REST API to access your remote MongoDB database from the client!
Before you start building anything, spend 5 minutes browsing the API. The API is documented with an awesome tool called Swagger. Swagger lets you try out live API calls right in your browser. It’s interactive, so you can quickly learn the capabilities of the API without writing a line of application code.
Try it out! You can browse the API in two places: on our website and in the API Documentation tab of the admin console.
Also check out Jason’s recent blog post on getting started with the DreamFactory API.
Have fun with the API and let us know what you think!
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