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Using the Constant Contact V2 APIs with R

Big Data is moving quickly from buzzword to required discipline for software companies. I recently worked on a project that merged two of my interests, APIs and analytics. This little side project retrieved campaign statistics from the Constant Contact v2 APIs and brought them into the R programming language for analysis. If you’re not familiar with R, […]

API Performance Testing, Part 2

Using JProfiler to Analyze Performance I just completed a long analysis of our V2 API using JProfiler for API performance testing and want to spend some time — ok, the lion’s share of this post — discussing what we learned from this analysis. JVM profiling by and large, aims to identify long-running or redundant method invocations. […]

Can I Opt an Unsubscribed Contact Back In?

When a contact unsubscribes from receiving additional email marketing campaigns, that contact is placed on the Do-Not-Mail list and their status is set to OPTOUT. The only way a contact on the Do-Not-Mail list can start receiving email campaigns from the Constant Contact account owner again is by opting themself back in. This means the contact has […]

Creating API Docs from JSON Schema

A major focus of the Constant Contact API v2 release was on making the Constant Contact developer portal an exhaustive resource for developers that ensured they could create innovative, effective integrations with us quickly and easily. One of the anchors of the new portal is the API Docs section. The API Docs are designed to […]

What LEGO Blocks Teach Us About REST API Testing

My son loves LEGO® blocks. He is continually fascinated about the ways he can use and reuse various LEGO blocks to build different kinds of towers and other edifices.  He also likes to use the same larger LEGO blocks as a foundation for a multitude of different towers.  Why should REST API testing be any […]

New to Constant Contact? An Overview of Our Email Marketing Core

For developers who are just getting started integrating with Constant Contact, we wanted to provide some context for understanding our email marketing product platform. We think of our platform in three major buckets: contacts, content, and analytics. Here are a few things for you to consider when integrating with Constant Contact through our API. Contacts […]

OAuth 2.0: Better For Us, Better For You

Many companies are encouraging adoption of OAuth 2.0, and for good reason.  In days where we hear about credentials or sensitive information being exposed or hacked all the time (like here and here), it’s nice to know that using an API won’t make you or your users more vulnerable to attack. In a nutshell, basic […]

Using OAuth with the Constant Contact API

Before you get started using Constant Contact’s API, we want to tell you a little bit about how we use OAuth, an authentication protocol that confirms a user’s identity without requiring the storage of customer usernames and passwords. You’ve probably seen OAuth in action: it’s what’s behind the scenes when you log into one service […]