Using the API
The Couch Potato API is a RESTFul API.
A RESTful API -- also referred to as a RESTful web service or REST API -- is based on representational state transfer (REST) technology, an architectural style and approach to communications often used in web services development.
This documentation assumes prior knowledge of using (consuming) a REST API.
For easy reference, client side error codes (400) are given sub-codes as well.
All the functionality of the Couch Potato web application can be reproduced purely through the API making it easy to create your own applications and data proxies.
API calls that change data or create and post BOS incidents (triggers) also update the Couch Potato MySQL database so that the changes are reflected on the web application if it's being used.
This allows for a kind of hybrid development and implementation of Couch Potato. For example, you could use your own interface combined with the
add_gameAPI to create all new games and send the trigger to BOS, but then use the Couch Potato web application to start games and add scores.
The most important API calls to become familiar with are the five core functions that create BOS messages and send them as triggers to BOS. These five calls are: