Data Lens Developer's Guide

Using Postman

Postman is a Chrome plugin that facilitates communication with REST APIs. We use it throughout our documentation to illustrate making authenticated requests with the Data Lens REST API. Other similar tools are available, but we recommend Postman so you can better follow our examples.

Installing Postman

To install Postman, download it from the following URL: http://www.getpostman.com/. After installation, Postman appears in your Chrome app list:

Figure 1. Postman in the Chrome app list

If you enter any URL into Postman's URL bar, you can see the response in Postman, but many more options are available, particularly for POSTing content to the API:

Figure 2. POST a request

Getting an authentication token with Postman

After Postman is installed, you can get an authentication token to communicate with the Data Lens backend, as described in Authentication with Postman.

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