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Application Programming Interface: Everything You Need to Know

by | Jul 3, 2019 | MyTek Blog, Technology

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Today’s technology-driven world runs on software. Different software can seamlessly integrate using APIs or application programming interfaces.

In this blog, we’ll explore what the term application programming interface means and its application in the business environment.

What is an Application Programming Interface (API)?

An API is the access point for entry into your server. The API does this job by returning the correct data on a web-based interface. You can receive data from third-party environments and make these platforms compatible with your device with an API. 

According to a developer, an API is a means for software to communicate with each other. For example, a database that your application accesses may be designed to work outside your development platform. In this case, you’ll need an API to call the data from the database for use in your development platform.

This way, developers can integrate your favorite applications with third-party APIs for a better end-user experience. One example of API working its magic can be seen from how you sign in to your favorite site using your Google or Facebook account. In this case, the website developer uses the Google or Facebook API to give you access to their website content.

APIs are essential for mobile application development. Hence, mobile application developers can reap the following benefits from APIs:

  • Speed up app development: APIs allow developers to save time through the use of integration.
  • Enhance app functionality: APIs provide access to other applications’ data, thereby enhancing a mobile app functionality.
  • Better application marketability: There are better chances of using your applications in different markets and industries with stronger integrations.

We only covered the basics of an API. Want to explore more about APIs? Share your requirements with MyTek.

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Tim Tiller, LMSW

 
Tim Tiller, MSW brings a deep service background to his role at Mytek, having graduated from McDonald’s management training program, fresh out of high school, and working his way up through the ranks in the hospitality industry. He has led two prior companies – Multi-Systems Inc., an IT-focused organization providing technology to hospitality companies (where he was named President at age 36), and most recently, as Chief Operating Officer for Jewish Voice Ministries International.

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