Welcome to ‘Flexing StepGreen‘. This is an occasional series on developing for StepGreen using the API.
First off, a couple of disclaimers:
- the API and associated documentation is currently (January 2011) considered in Beta. It may change… but we hope it doesn’t. Changes should be restricted to improving the documentation and fixing any issues that occur. As a developer it’s up to you to ensure that your client stays in sync with the API.
- the code presented may not constitute best practices – it’s purpose is primarily to educate on how to achieve certain results, not how to produce robust code.
Now that’s out of that’s out of the way, let us begin.
One assumption that is made is that you (and the potential users of your application if they are not you) are members of StepGreen. So if you have not yet signed up, now is the perfect time to do so! Pay a visit to http://www.stepgreen.org/signup.
Once you have signed up and explored the site, you will need to request access to the developer resources. Go to your ‘Account’ page, then scroll down until you get to a section called “Developer”. Check the “I want access to StepGreen’s developer resources.” checkbox and click on “Save Changes”.
After a moment the page will return – but you wont see any other changes until you re-enter the site. Close the browser window, then open up a new one and re-enter StepGreen. In the navigation menu you should now see a “Developer” option. Click on that. Looking around here you will find that there is not much you can do until you agree to the API Consent. Take a read of that, understand it, and if you agree, click on “I agree”. You are now free to look around the rest of the developer documentation.
Next time we will look at setting up to develop a Flash application using the API and Adobe Flash Builder/Flex Builder. (goto Chapter 2)