What is a Web API?
API stands for Application Programming Interface. It is some kind of interface that has a set of functions that allow programmers to access specific features or data of an application, operating system, or other services. A Web API is an application programming interface for the web, It could be for a web browser or a web server. We can build our own Web API using different technologies such as Java or Node and etc. There is also another type of API called Third Party API, It is not built into your browser. you will have to download the code from the Web in order to use it, such as the Youtube API or the Twitter API. So in this article, I decided to give you some knowledge about the Web History API.
The Web History API
The web history API is supported by all the browsers. The window.history object has some useful methods on its prototype which I’m going to show you below. It contains all the websites visited by the user. Let’s open up our console to see this object. Have a look at the example below:
As you can see, the “window.history” object has some useful methods on its prototype. I will show you some of them in a second.
The History back Method
The history back method loads the previous URL in the history list. It is the same as clicking the “back arrow” in your browser. Let’s have a look at the example below:
When we click the button it will take us to the previous link(URL) in our history list in the browser.
The History go Method
The go() method allows us to load a specific URL in our browser history list. Let’s have a look at the example below:
So, when we click the button element, we will go 2 pages back as we specified in the above example(-2).
The History forward Method
The forward() method Loads the next URL in the history list. Below this, there is an example of how to use it.
Clicking on the button will load the next URL in our browser history list.
As you can see, The History Web API is so useful and important when it comes to traveling from a page to another on our website. Make sure that we didn’t cover everything about this web API, that’s why you will need to learn more about it from other resources. I hope you learned something new today.