EXPLAIN What is an API?

What are APIs? Well, we’re so glad you asked! APIs are a key component of our digital world and enable billions of digital experiences every minute of every day.

API stands for “Application Programming Interface.” An API is a software intermediary that allows two applications to talk to each other. In other words, an API is the messenger that delivers your request to the provider that you’re requesting it from and then delivers the response back to you.

An API defines functionalities that are independent of their respective implementations. This allows those implementations and definitions to vary without compromising each other. Therefore, a good API makes it easier to develop a program by providing the building blocks.

When developers create code, they don’t often start from scratch thanks to the reusability of APIs. APIs enable developers to make repetitive yet complex processes highly reusable with a little bit of code. Through API reuse, developers can reduce repetitive yet complex processes and dramatically speed up their application development processes.

There is an ever-growing gap between what business leaders are asking IT teams to deliver and what can actually be accomplished. We call this divide the IT delivery gap. Through API reuse, developers are equipped to scale delivery to close that IT delivery gap and meet the needs of the business.

Thanks to API reuse, developers don’t have to reinvent the wheel writing code from scratch every time they produce a new program or project.