We are very sure that by now, you must have heard the word “API” about a million times when communicating with mobile app developers. So, we will explore everything about the API and its development in this article. So wear your seat belt and get ready to enter the world of API – super heroes behind the mobile application.
What Is API?
An API (Application Programming Interface) is a series of instructions, standards, or requirements that allow software or applications to use features/services of other applications, platforms, or other devices for better service. In short, this allows applications to communicate with each other.
For example, if one clicks the “Connect to Facebook” button on Candy Crush, there is no need to enter details about the Facebook account. Instead, it gets access to data from the Facebook server and allows us to enjoy the game – all thanks to the API.
The API is the basis of all applications that process data or allow communication between two products or services. This allows mobile applications or platforms to share their data with other applications/platforms, and simplify user experience without involving developers. In addition, the API no longer needs to build such programs or platforms from the start. You can use existing ones from other applications/platforms. Because of these factors, application developers and business leaders focus on developing the API.
How It Works?
For example, you have an application / XYZ website open to book flights. Fill in the form – enter departure and departure dates, cities, fields and other important details – and submit. After a few seconds on the screen, a list of flights with prices, time, availability and other details is displayed. How did it happen?
To provide very accurate and precise data, the platform sends a request to the airline’s website to access its database and retrieve related data via the API. The website responds with data that displays the API provided on platforms and platforms on the screen.
Here, the flight booking app/platform and website of the airline both act as endpoints while API becomes the intermediate streamlining the data sharing process.
Why API Development?
Creating the first API product means that every line you write must be saved with the end user’s idea. The API-first limits the way we code. Developers are forced to rethink the direction they take each step to ensure they develop something that leads to practical application.
Modulation facilitates treatment
When you finally make a product based on an API that you create, it doesn’t become a messy and inseparable animal. The idea behind Micro Services is to write code that is embedded in the module. Each component is separate and different and can be reused. Building free services is easier than it should be.The interface is used to separate services. So, when you create an API, you basically create a boundary between classes. If you go from top to bottom or at the beginning, make restrictions before you start entering the code.
Future-proof your Business
The first generation of cloud software companies had developed their API as a replacement. They did not think of developers as a big enough market – and at that time they might have been right. While software companies can change their project management tools, the code is not returned. When you build your API business, you need to protect your business in the future. They build building blocks and throw them into the developer ecosystem, where they are most likely irreplaceable.
Therefore, as we see, API development has become a necessity rather luxury for the businesses to survive. You do not have to worry about anything, but the future!