What is an API or application programming interface?

set of subroutines, functions, and procedures that allow us to use a specific feature of a service within an application of our own creation. Put simply, it is an ‘access key’ to features that enable us to use a web service provided by a third party for our own web application. The initials API stand for Application Programming Interface.

APIs are the basis for most mash-ups (hybrid applications).

Acronym or abbreviation:
API: Application Programming Interface

Other denominations:
Application programming interface

 
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