What is an API?

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An Application Programming Interface, commonly referred to as an API, is a set of programming instructions and standards for accessing a Web-based software application or Web tool.

An API works by specifying how software components should interact and are used when programming graphical user interface components.

Numerous different API’s exist, such as the Google Maps API which lets developers embed Google Maps on to web pages using something like JavaScript.

Click to the next page to see more examples of popular APIs.

Name of Technology:

Application Programming Interface

Year Introduced:

2000

Invented by :

Roy Fielding

Open Source or Proprietary:

Open Source and Proprietary.

Main technology category:

Software

Patent:

No

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