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The StatusCake API uses conventional HTTP response codes to indicate the success or failure of an API request. In general: Codes in the 2xx range indicate success; codes in the 4xx range indicate a request that failed given the information provided (e.g. a required parameter was omitted or malformed); and codes in the 5xx range indicate an error with StatusCake servers.

Handling Errors

Errors should be handled appropriately, depending upon the value of the HTTP status code returned from the API. For example if we wanted to email a member of the DevOps team when an uptime check is missing from our monitoring suite we could write the following script:

Alert on missing uptime check
status_code=$(  curl -s \    -H "Authorization: Bearer <token>" \    --write-out %{http_code} \    --output /dev/null)if [[ "$status_code" -eq 404 ]] ; then  echo "Uptime check (ID: 123) does not exist" | mail -s "Missing uptime check" [email protected]else  exit 0fi

Next Steps

Learn how to handle input parameters and avoid some common pitfalls when creating monitoring resources.