Using Developer & GraphQL API Tools with ScreenCloud

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by Santino Scibelli
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This article will briefly cover an overview, benefits, and resources of developer or GraphQL API tools available for use with ScreenCloud. If you’re a developer or have experience using these types of services, you can visit https://developer.screen.cloud/ directly to get started.

Table of contents:

What can the GraphQL service do?

Where can I find documentation to start using the API with ScreenCloud?

What type of support or experience is required to use the API?

 

What can the GraphQL service do?

With our GraphQL feature, anything you do manually in ScreenCloud Studio can be done automatically using code. This lets your team integrate your existing systems much more tightly into ScreenCloud. For example, you could:

  • Automate repetitive tasks like creating/removing users in your ScreenCloud spaces.
  • Automatically cast key content to screens at specific times based on events in your company (e.g. show when you hit certain sales figures)
  • Dynamically add and remove content from Channels, such as pushing alerts designed in Canvas when your systems trigger certain events. 

An API is a simple way to let one machine talk to another. GraphQL is an open standard for making APIs, pioneered by Facebook, and used by developers across the internet. ScreenCloud's GraphQL API, therefore, lets your developers write code to do any task you need in ScreenCloud, in a way that's instantly familiar and recognizable for them.

For general resources on learning the fundamentals and basics of GraphQL, we recommend checking out the following sites or articles below. Please note, these sources are not affiliated with ScreenCloud and are included here to learn more about GraphQL, it’s functionality and its advantages.

 

Resources:

https://graphql.org/learn/

https://blog.bitsrc.io/so-what-the-heck-is-graphql-49c27cb83754

https://www.altexsoft.com/blog/engineering/graphql-core-features-architecture-pros-and-cons

https://medium.com/@JeffLombardJr/when-and-why-to-use-graphql-24f6bce4839d

 

 

Where can I find documentation to start using the API with ScreenCloud?

Our development team at ScreenCloud has created resources directly tailored to assist and help you get started with using our API services. Please visit https://developer.screen.cloud/ for guidance and step-by-step instructions to get started using ScreenCloud’s API. You have the choice to either use our GraphQL API or develop your own custom applications. 

Please note, we have APIs available for both of our platforms respectively. ScreenCloud Studio is our latest (2019) and ScreenCloud Signage (2015) is our older deprecated digital signage platform. Depending on the service you’re using, we advise to use the API specific to each.

 

What type of support or experience is required to use the API?

Our team is here to help you and advise to the best of our ability, though we don’t have resources or training available to teach step-by-step how to use GraphQL or developer tools if you have no prior knowledge of coding. This requires a level of experience or training from a developer within your organization, or if you have your own personal understanding of the language or tools available. If you have any specific questions while using the API or developer services, please contact support@screencloud.com directly and provide us with the following information:

  • The exact command or use case you’re looking to achieve using the API
  • A file or copy of your current/modified code for our team to review
  • Clarify the challenge or issue you’re having with the modified code

 

If you have any additional questions on using ScreenCloud’s API tools, or any other questions or feedback about ScreenCloud, feel free to reach out to our support team at support@screencloud.com or give us a call at our toll-free support line at +18885575335.

 

 

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