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Monday Motivation: The Best of Monday Motivation!

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“If we always helped one another, no one would need luck.”

It’s Monday, and we’re back with another helpful post centered on helping you overcome some of the most commonly asked questions about the APIs we work with here at Kloudless. Every Monday, we will aim to help answer some of the oft-asked inquiries into the world’s most popular APIs. Thanks to this series, we’ve had a huge uptick in our blog readers, so we wanted to take a minute for those of you who may be new to the series. What follows is the 5 most popular offerings in our Monday Motivation series!


Salesforce: SOSL Vs SOQL

Salesforce is the unquestioned leader in CRM platforms today. When it comes to querying Salesforce for pertinent data, there are two language solutions in place to find the Salesforce objects you need from your database: SOQL (Salesforce Object Query Language) and SOSL (Salesforce Object Search Language).

So, what’s the difference between these two languages and what are the similarities between them? Read on to learn all about these powerful query languages in our post here.

How to Download a Folder as a ZIP File in the Dropbox API

For a considerable amount of time, Dropbox’s API offered the ability to download folders stored in a user’s account as a ZIP file, as long as the folder did not exceed a certain size or contain too many files inside it. However, this functionality was not present in the Dropbox API v2 when it launched, and it’s removal prompted a considerable amount of users asking whether auto-zip functionality had been completely ditched in API v2.

Long story short, it had. At least, for a while.

Thankfully, Dropbox has added the capability back to their Dropbox API v2, so we wanted to take the time to walk you through how to go about offering this functionality to your application’s users. Read all about how to take advantage of this functionality in our post here.

How to Get Metadata for Files and Folders in Dropbox REST API v2

Many of our reader’s questions regarding Dropbox have to do with some of the changes that occurred when Dropbox updated its official API to v2. One issue that was often repeated was the ability to receive metadata from files and folders. In v1, a simple curl request to the /metadata endpoint would respond with the correct file or folder data, but the process has been slightly changed in v2. 

We’ll help walk you through how to go about receiving the correct metadata in our post here!

Syncing iCloud Calendar to Google Calendar

Google Calendar is one of the most commonly used services when it comes to handling your schedule online. However, with the prevalence of iPhones and iPads out there, many people schedule their personal calendars through the built-in iCloud calendar that comes stock on the electronic devices. So, for those of you out there that already find themselves ingrained in both services, we thought we’d help you walk through the process of syncing your iCloud Calendar to Google Calendar to simplify your life. It’s actually much easier than you might imagine, but there are a few small hoops to jump through to get it set up.

We’ll walk you through the process in our post here!

Box API Call Rate Limit

Many of our reader’s questions regarding Box are aimed at how often the API can be requested to before a call rate limit kicks in. There are a handful of rules in place for accessing the file storage API, but it isn’t always clear which limits overlap with one another. We’re here to sort you out once and for all.

We’ll walk you through how Box goes about setting their rate-limiting in our post here!

Keep Learning!

These posts are just a sample of the helpful series we’ve been hard at work putting together to help you in all things API-related. If your integration needs are more expansive, though, consider using one of our powerful Unified APIs. In the same amount of code it would take to connect to a single service, you can provide your users with up to dozens of competing cloud service providers through the Kloudless Unified APIs. Click here to learn more!

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David Hallinan

David Hallinan is an Integration Strategist and Head of Content at Kloudless. He enjoys painting, JavaScript, vintage synths, drum machines and forcing his sports allegiances on his children.

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