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For over a decade, Application Programming Interface or APIs have been used to exchange data between multiple platforms
By: Mehdi Daoudi
Nov. 21, 2017 05:00 PM
The What, Why, and How of APIs
For over a decade, Application Programming Interface or APIs have been used to exchange data between multiple platforms. From social media to news and media sites, most websites depend on APIs to provide a dynamic and real-time digital experience. APIs have made its way into almost every device and service available today and it continues to spur innovations in every field of technology.
There are multiple programming languages used to build and run applications in the online world. And just like every other language, there is always the need for an interpreter when trying to communicate with someone who doesn’t speak the same language as you. This is where APIs come into play, APIs act like the interpreter helping different independent services interact and interpret the data shared with each other.
In short, APIs define the entire process of initiating a connection between the server and the client, formatting the data in a pre-defined structure and then exchanging the data between the server and client. Download our new eBook to learn the basics of APIs and to understand why as API monitoring strategy is a must in today’s digital world.
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