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Hi experts,

Briefly, in Edmodo (https://www.edmodo.com) , I install an app connect to zondle (https://www.zondle.com/publicPages/welcome.aspx).

 connect to zondle runs in Edmdo
This app will automatically create an account in zondle (first time when I run this app).

Then this app automatically "forward" me to zondle without login (*). Then I can work with zondle but the URL is still Edmodo. (**)
zonle runs inside Edmdo
Please explain what need to build (*) and (**).  Both Edmdo and zondle has API but I am not sure what kind of API needed for (*) and (**).

Thanks,
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by:David_Duong
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Any help please? I can provide login account if needed on both Edmodo and zondle.
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by:mccarl
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Please explain what need to build (*) and (**)
I'm not exactly sure what you are asking here?

Are you asking how to emulate what is happening here between Edmodo and Zondle with your own different applications? Or are you just asking how they did it in Edmodo and Zondle just out of curiosity? Or something else?

What you have posted above about what Edmodo and Zondle currently do is fine, I get that. I just don't quite get exactly what you are after.
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by:David_Duong
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mccarl, thanks for your comment.

I plan to build app an similar to connect to zondle.  So it is not just curiosity but practical.
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by:mccarl
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Ok, I found the below diagram on the Zondle website that describes the API login procedure...
apiFlow.pdf
The rest of the API documentation appears to require a log in, so I can't see exactly what things you can do with it, but I bet that everything that Edmodo does can be done via that API. Something to note though.... it appears that you actually need to contact Zondle and get approved as a "partner" to be able to use their API (they would assign you the pa_partnerAPIKey that is described in the top middle box of the above diagram).
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by:David_Duong
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Could you please explain (**). What zondle use to maintain Edmodo URL? Do they use iFrame?
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It's a bit hard to say because I don't use those sites but it is likely to be either...

a) Edmodo has sort of recreated the pages of Zondle and it just gets the required information via the API

or...

b) The Zondle API provides some way where you can request it to generate the whole page and that is returned via the API and then Edmodo just shows it as though it was it's own page.



Probably the easiest way to tell is by just looking in your browser when you are on a Zondle page (provided vai Edmodo). Using something like IE's "Developer Tools" (or similar in other browsers) you can inspect the page and see if iframe's are present or not, etc.

Unfortunately, without seeing the Zondle API docs it is a bit hard to give those details.
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by:David_Duong
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Thanks mccarl for your comment.

Here is I found in zondle:

"The zondle API enables 3rd party servers to authenticate their users on the zondle platform seamlessly and display zondle content and functionality on their website.".

Could you provide me high level thought of how they can achieve "display zondle content" via API?
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by:David_Duong
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Thanks for helping me out.
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