LearnWhat Is An API?

writes on August 8, 2019

If you have a sneaking suspicion that APIs are something you should know about in 2019, you’re onto something! In 2019, APIs are more important than ever, and their prominence in the programming world is only growing. But what exactly is an API?

What is an API?

An API, short for application programming interface, is what a website uses to grab information from a particular database. It’s how a certain site is able to show the latest Instagram photos, Tweets, and weather report all on the same home page, for example. 

We put together a quick visual to explain the basics of how an API works.

Take a closer look at an API:

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3 Responses to “What Is An API?”

  1. Anonymous on August 30, 2019 at 4:08 pm said:

    I could not resist commenting. Very well written!

  2. Anonymous on August 28, 2019 at 6:32 am said:

    ON POINT!!
    Exact content what I’m searching for. Additionally, that video solves all the questions that I have. Thank you so much Katie-Wojciechowski for this valuable content. Keep sharing!!

  3. Hi!!
    Love your post. It’s really amazing & helpful too. I like the way you explained everything, kind of example you used. By sharing this amazing this you have solved my queries . Keep sharing 🙂

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