Developing 3rd Party Applications with an API

Since the boom of the World Wide Web in the early 2000s, the creation of web applications has become very important for all entrepreneurs, business, and government organizations.

The complexity of these web applications has increased, the functionalities, the interface, the design. They allow you as a programmer to deliver solid solutions fairly rapidly. If you have to rebuild everything from scratch every time, your solutions will be cumbersome. And they probably won’t work! If there’s an API for your particular need, use it!

What exactly is an API?

An application programming interface is an interface or communication protocol between different parts of a computer program intended to simplify the implementation and maintenance of software. An API may be for a web-based system, operating system, database system, computer hardware, or software library.

How does API integration work?

An API is a software intermediary that allows two applications to talk to each other. In other words, an API is the messenger that delivers your request to the provider that you’re requesting it from and then delivers the response back to you.

An Application Programming Interface (API) is a tool set that programmers can use in helping them create software. A good API will have clear and concise commands that a programmer can use and reuse, so they don’t have to build everything over again.

Even Windows has a huge set of APIs that you can use in order to work with the user interface. There’s no need to completely rebuild forms, commands, or even scroll bars. All of these actions are accessible within various APIs, and can be brought into your program. This also ensures a consistent look and feel among applications, but still allows for unique functionality.

With the explosion in mobile device usage, like iPhones and Androids, the number of mobile-ready APIs has grown exponentially. Many may seem basic, but are huge for developers who need to quickly develop apps.