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📩 What’s an API?

What does it mean?

An API is what allows two applications to talk to each other via software that is the intermediate in this process. I once heard this analogy saying that the API is the waiter who takes notes of the request from the client, talks with the kitchen to make it happen, and then brings that delicious food to your table.

API stands for Application Programming Interface, which is the interface that defines interactions between multiple software applications.

The History Behind It

The term, application program interfaces, without the -ing suffix, is first recorded in a 1968 paper. The paper was about Data structures and techniques for remote computer graphics and presented at an AFIPS conference.

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