API? What is it? Sounds like something technical? Yes, it is an acronym for Application Programming Interface. Generally people who are not from technical background fails to give the correct meaning of this, they don’t even have an idea regarding what this term is all about. It acts as an intermediary and allows two different software applications to interact with one another.
Utility of an Application Programming Interface:
An API can be use or utilised in either of the below mentioned systems:
- Operating system;
- Web-based system;
- Hardware of computer;
- Software library.
How it works:
The data of people’s mobile phones are never offered to the server entirely, similarly, the server is not completely exposed to people’s phones. Instead, the phone and the server communicates to each other by sharing small amount of data or by sharing that which is required that is, ignoring the unnecessary data. Suppose a person is using an application on his phone, that application connects him with the internet and allows sending of data to the server. Then the server recovers the sent data, explicate it and forward it to his mobile by performing the required actions. The software then clarifies the same data and offers him the information and the knowledge that he wants and that too in a way which is easily readable. All these functions are performed by an API. In other words, all these things occur via API. Therefore, an API up to the task is needed by the companies or the users.
The modern form of API:
Earlier, an API was defined as any kind of general connectivity interface. But now, with the evolution of technologies, the modern API is successfully developed. It has few features that makes an API up to the task and more useful to the users. The modern features are:
- They are up to the standard and that enables it to be friendly to the developers, understanding and easily reachable.
- They are designed differently for the variety of users.
- They are not high maintenance.
- Their discipline regarding the security is stronger than ever.
- The advanced APIs have their own application development lifestyles which make it easier to design, test, build and manage.
- They can be use comfortably.
The demand for API has increased manifold over the years. They help in managing the systems of enterprises effectively and efficiently. Renowned companies like Amazon, Google, eBay and many others, use APIs confidently and conveniently for making revenues and also for meeting the demands of innovation-friendly customers. Companies develop APIs mostly for their customers but sometimes for their own use.