We've put this blog post together to help streamline your initial experience developing on the Ning platform. Here's how to get going...
Step 1: Get a Ning Network
Working with a Network Creator?
If you or your client already has a Ning Pro Network, you can get started right away by developing on a test network. All Ning Pro test networks have API access, and using the API on the test network doesn't affect your regular Ning Network. Learn more about test networks.
Get started by creating a Ning Pro trial network (30 days free).
Step 2: Generate an API Key
Once you have access to a Ning Network, you'll need to generate consumer credentials for your application. The consumer credentials identify your application when it accesses the Ning Network. You can generate up to twenty different keys for different applications.
To generate a developer key, visit the following page on your Ning Network (swapping the "NAME" portion for your network's subdomain) :
Step 3: Check out Docs and Code Samples
Familiarize yourself with the API by reading the API overview section of the documentation.
Start coding by checking out our examples:
NOTE: Looking to develop an OpenSocial application rather than using the Ning API? Learn more about our OpenSocial support.