Understanding APIs

Understanding APIs

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Have you ever been at a restaurant, chosen the meal that’s right for you, and then barged into the kitchen to grab the ingredients and attempt to make that meal yourself? Of course not; you told a waiter what you wanted. They passed that order to the chef, and returned with your meal. That waiter is the middle man. And computer programs have a similar arrangement – they are called Application Programming Interfaces, or APIs.

When a program is instructed to converse with another program it needs an API so it can do it smoothly. An API is a software intermediary that lets one application talk to another. It sounds complicated, but thankfully we’re here to help. Think of us as the API between you and knowledge.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

• Understand what an API is
• Identify the different types of APIs and what they can do

Why take this course?

This course is for anyone who is interested in a basic understanding of APIs and how they work. You could be an amateur programmer who is taking their 1st steps, a seasoned professional who would like a mini refresher course, or just someone who loves to know what makes programs and apps tick. By taking this course, you’re going to discover just how important APIs are and how they do their job.

10 mins | SCORM | Infographic
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