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What is API?

Overview

API stands for Application Programming Interface. In the context of API, the term application refers to any software having a specific function. The interface can be considered as a platform of service between two applications. This platform defines how the two communicate using requests and responses.

API is the abbreviation for Application Programming Interface, a software intermediary that allows two applications to talk to each other. Sending an instant message, using social media, or checking the weather on mobile, all are part of using an API. An API specification defines these calls, describing how to use or implement them. An application programming interface is a method for two or more computer systems to communicate with each other.

It is a type of software interface, which provides service to other parts of the software. An API specification is a document or standard that describes how to create or use such a connection or interface. The term API can refer to either the specification or the implementation.

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