Month: July 2016

  • Photo Directory Example

    Let’s look at a more complicated example of using the Blackbaud K12 API with the “ON” products. Recently, I had to develop a photo directory, with pictures of faculty/staff and some information (job title, room number, phone number, e-mail, etc.) about them.  There isn’t a built-in report in the Blackbaud products for this, nor is […]

  • Using PHP with the Blackbaud K12 API

    In an earlier post, I showed how to use the Blackbaud K12 API interface for their “ON” products using PowerShell. Now, I’ll show you how to use PHP to do the same thing. I use PHP for all of my web applications. There are a lot of ways to access a REST based API using […]

  • Leveraging Open Application Programming Interface (API) in the “ON” Products #BBK12UC Presentation

    Thanks to everyone who attended Julian’s and my presentation on that API at the Blackbaud K12 User Conference. As I mentioned at the end of the session, I think we will be “Better Together” if as users of the API we work together, collaborate and share how we are using the API. Several people have […]

  • PowerShell and REST APIs

    I really like being able to use the PowerShell ISE to debug my PowerShell scripts.  By default, it splits the screen showing my script and an interactive shell that I can directly type commands into.  In my previous post, I had a simple script that used the Blackbaud API to retrieve a large list of […]

  • Blackbaud K12 “ON” API

    On Thursday, I’m co-presenting at the Blackbaud K12 User Conference on using their API. Simply put, an API (Application Programing Interface) is a way for code to interact with something—in this case the website my school uses. One does not need particularly advanced knowledge of how to code in order to write useful solutions. Recently, I […]