THE API Revolution
The API revolution
There’s an APP for everything today. Order a cab or order a pizza, share photos, book a flight or movie shows. All thanks to web API’s.
What is an API?
Application programming interface.
The API is set of funtions or procedures used by a computer programs to access from OS, software libraries or other systems. API’s are growing exponentially every year.
These commands allow a program to communicate and interact with the system. E.g:
Most common API’s:-
-> Social media plugins
-> Video embedding
Types of API:-
-> SOAP API (Simple object Access Protocol)
This is widely used as every operation and structure is defined. Every input parameter is alos defined.
-> REST API (Representational state transfer)
Architectural style not standart protocol. Follows the OOP order.
What are web API’s?
Some well known web API’s :- Facebook, Youtube, Flickr, Twitter.
-> Provides a langauge independent interface. In order to access that API you must be a part of that small group.
Mostly used in private hospital for sharing records or credit card companies.
Third party API’s?
One API can be used for many other apps. E.g: Expedia, Salesforce, Foursqaure.
Future of API’s:-
With the rise in social media, API’s are going to climb. Facebook and Twitter integration in your apps and website causes need for more API’s.
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