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Jargon: API

API Definition

API an an acronym for Application Programming Interface. This is a common buzzword that allows you to throw words like 'integration' around. APIs are a simple concept: if you write code, you can decide give people access points for outsiders to use your code.

Large organizations often use private, internal APIs to manage data.

API Example

Suppose an individual has a Paypal button on thier site that allows you to buy an item online. They, using paypal's API, have "plugged into Paypal." It's that simple. API means precisely what it describes: the interface for using another application. In this example, the other application is Paypal.


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