Many developers cringe when they need to add backend functionality like messaging, user management, database management or payment processing to their applications. ‘Rapid API’ claims to simplify the process by providing a platform with an easy-to-use drag & drop interface which saves you a lot of time when developing this type of functionality on iOS, Android or Web platforms.
The braintrust behind the Israeli startup is 17-year-old, (that’s right, they come that young these days) CEO Iddo Gino, who started the company last year after graduating from Technion, the well-known Israeli Tech University. He decided to develop Rapid API after being frustrated while developing server & backend code for a mobile wallet for youngsters so that they could be self-sufficient and not dependent on bank credits. He spent a lot of time & effort debugging & testing backend code which ate away from the time allotted to developing the App’s core functionality.
Iddo & his team decided to develop a system to save time, grouping basic backend functions into building blocks that could be dragged to the server all together. This resulted in the reduction of time working on the server side from hours or days to mere minutes. This later became the basis for the Rapid API platform development effort.
With the Rapid API platform you can set up online Web-services easily & quickly, consisting of multiple endpoints & addresses. These are created by signing up for a free account on Rapid API’s Website, where you’re presented with a projects page & development environment. Here you can create dynamic block-based endpoints & group them into packages by dragging & dropping. You can also set up static endpoints to integrate the frontend. (Note from the Rapid API Site: Blocks represent unique actions taken by Rapid API’s servers. A Block’s abilities range from sending emails & texts to Facebook authentication, while Endpoints are URL addresses used to communicate with Rapid API & retrieve your Block functionality).
Rapid API can easily be integrated into any app or Website through the use of a REST API for communications, without the need of installing libraries. Rapid API also generates code that can be copied & pasted into the frontend.
The following are some Rapid API templates which are available for developing common backend functionality:
- Send email to users – automation of sending emails is provided
- Send SMSs to users
- Send push notifications to users – send information about events triggered in your app
- Get credit card & other forms of payments from users
- Store data – create & manage databases on the rapid API Cloud or your own database
- Manage users
- Facebook signup & login management
- Project management & collaboration
- Manage endpoints
So if you want to quickly add backend functionalities to your app without all the accompanying fuss, perhaps you may wanna check out this startup.
– This post is merely a startup profile based on publicly available information & not a review. –
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