Introduction to API

1. Introduction

API: Application Programming Interface

An API is the tool that makes a website’s data digestible for a computer.

Computer ↔ website/API ↔ Person

When two systems (websites, desktops, smartphones) link up through an API, we say they are “integrated.”

  1. server: A powerful computer that runs an API. This is the side that actually provides the API. It helps to remember that the API is simply another program running on the server.
  2. client: This is a separate program that knowswhat data is available through the API and can manipulate it, typically at the request of a user.

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