API data is a concept you are going to have to be familiar with if you’re building or running websites or apps. It is of paramount importance in order to make the connections between your website and your customer. APIs are the engine that keeps your site or app running smoothly.
What Is An API And Where Is It Being Used?
APIs are small, reuseable pieces of code built into your website, application or service. Most websites and apps will have multiple APIs running at the same time to collect different sorts of data. That data can be in many forms – particularly if you are using a RESTful API. The idea is these can be reused over and over without more programming work.
Imagine you go to a restaurant. You don’t run into the kitchen and tell them what you want to eat! Instead, a waiter or waitress comes up to you and you give them your order. They go to the kitchen, place your order, and then bring it back to you. That waiter or waitress is your API.
And like an API, your waitress does not take any more information from you than she needs. Nor does she bring back anything extra from the kitchen than you need.
API data is used whenever a site or app needs to connect to a customer, or vice versa. This generally is all the time. Websites and apps are rarely static enterprises. Even news sites have places for comments. And apps, by their nature, are constantly sending data back and forth. In reality, you can’t run a website or app without using APIs.
What Is An API And How Does It Work?
APIs are a collection of code. Many, if not most times, you can find this code online for free or for a fee. For example, imagine you want to include Google Maps into your website or app. You can search and find the Google Maps API, grab the code, and insert it into your site. That way, you don’t have to design it yourself. Also, whenever Google Maps updates the API data, it will make sure that your site is updated as well.
APIs work by collecting and sending API data. This process does not compromise data on either end of the exchange. It simply makes the transaction happen behind the scenes so that nobody every notices the API at work.
This seamless transmission of API data is what makes websites and apps work and drives the Internet economy.
What Is API Data?
API data refers to the content that is sent back and forth between your site or app and your customer. For example, if you have a request for their name and email address on your site when the customer inputs his or her data an API will send it to your site. Your site will then check that the data makes sense and then use an API to send back a confirmation code or a reason to reject the data. This data is sent in a way where it never compromises your own company’s data and also never grabs any data from your customer other than what they wanted to send you.