In order to get started with APISpark, you need to first create an account on the platform. This account is where your cells (API definitions, data stores, etc.) will be stored, and where APISpark will collect the statistics on cell calls, users, errors, etc. so that you can view them easily.
APISpark offers two options for creating an account:
- Create an account directly for APISpark
- Use your existing account with a social media provider
In the former case (the “local account” option) you will be invited to enter an email address and select a password. You can start using APISpark right away, but you’ll need to verify your account (essentially, confirm that the email address is valid) by clicking on a link you’ll receive via email. Until you do so, you can create cells but won’t be able to deploy them to production.
In the latter case, you can use any of these seven supported social media providers:
- Microsoft Account
By using your social account, you don’t have to go through the account verification phase and your account is immediately fully active. It’s also one less login/password to manage for you, and APISpark will remember how you logged in the last time, making it quicker to return to your dashboard:
One thing to remember: if you create your APISpark account using a social login, always use the same social login when you return, otherwise APISpark will treat you as a new user and create a new account for you. Of course this can easily be fixed by logging out and logging in again with the proper account!
Tip: if you forgot which provider and/or email address you just used to log in, check under [Your Name] > My Account in the top right corner: