06 May 2019
What is an API

What is an API?

API!

Did you hear someone just mention it. So in this piece I will try my best to demystify “what’s an API”.

Firstly let’s agree on this…

Since we are humans, we need to socialize. And to socialize we need to communicate.

Ok that sounds fine but what about our creations, do they inherit our social attribute too?

Well a hell yes! How else would you explain the phenomenon called “Internet of Things” or for that matter even “Internet”. All these creations are an outcome of our constant craving to stay connected and socialize.

But then how do different applications or devices talk to each other?
That’s where our good ole creation API comes into play.

So API is an acronym for Application Programming Interface, literally speaking an interface for a Program / Application to talk to another Program / Application.

Now let’s see a popular example of how APIs actually works.

One of the best examples of how multiple applications talk to each other using an API is the sign up screen of an application. In our case, let’s take the example of Uber mobile application. You can sign in on Uber using your Facebook or Google id. But how’s that possible?

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So we are talking about multiple applications here (fb, google) talking to Uber so that an end user can conveniently sign in to Uber. All this is possible cause both Fb and Google provide API’s, which can be used by other applications to facilitate sign in ability on their applications. So in a way API enables collaboration in the technical realm.

That makes me wonder isn’t life all about collaboration too?

The more you collaborate the better you get. Technology is no different! You don’t have to build everything from scratch or reinvent the wheel. Sometimes all you need is your friendly neighborhood API (oops that was a fan boy moment).

Hope you want this piece worth your time, if you have a different take on APIs then do comment below.

Till we meet again, keep discovering the world around and do that without a wish list. Trust me it will give you a much wider perspective. In between if you need any help with APIs then give us a shout here.

About Tejveer Singh

I was part of the leadership team, which did India's 2nd most oversubscribed IPO. I have handled assets worth $100mn+, established and managed Global Offshore Development centers of Fortune 100 clients. Eventually took the entrepreneurial route and founded 3 tech ventures. Being a product fanatic and a solution enthusiast, I'm completely in awe with anything, which fixes real world problem. Over the last decade I have focussing on the issue of inclusion. I can typically help you with your Product right from ideation to development to its go-to-market strategy. I can also share few secrets about how you can start from scratch and build an organization ground up without running those huge operating expenses. How? Well I learnt it the hard way, by wasting close to 1mn USD in amateurish gimmicks. So if you want to have a friendly chit chat about your idea or product then feel free to drop me a note. Best email to reach me on is tejveer.singh@vayuz.com.

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