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Application Programming Interface (API)

What is an API?

API, also known as Application Programming Interface, is an application that connects two or more applications with one another.

An excellent example of API is connecting multiple systems so that the data flows freely through them without manual entry.

For example, Product information management (PIM) systems use connectors to share information with other applications. These connectors share data using APIs. Using connectors users can easily transfer data to your live store from your PIM system.

Types of API

There are three main types of API which include:

  1. Partner API is controlled by a third party and therefore has restricted access. It is usually used for providing access to a paid service.
  1. External API is usually controlled by developers and has minimal restrictions. An example of this can be Food Hygiene API which any restaurant or developer can access.
  1. Internal API These are usually hidden from external users. It allows different members of businesses to use each other’s tools, data, and programs. It has the advantage of the security and access control. 

Uses of API

API is used in many day-to-day activities, such as:

  1. Traveling with a travel book
  2. Weather Forecast 
  3. Sign In
  4. Twitter bots
  5. E-commerce
  6. Google maps
  7. Paying with Pay Pal

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Basics of API?

API, also known as Application Programming Interface, is an application that connects two or more applications with one another. Each time you use an app like Facebook, send an instant message or check the weather on your phone, you’re using an API.

How to use API?

You need to follow the following steps in order to use an API:
1. Select the API you want to add to your business
2. Have the API Key
3. Review API documentation 
4. API integration and sync

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