Application Programming Interface

From Open Risk Manual

Definition

Application Programming Interface. (API) It is the interface used by software components to communicate with each other.

An API specification includes a set of requirements that define how two pieces of software can interact with each other. It allows moving data between applications.

An API may include specifications for routines, data structures, object classes, and variables. These are important because they enable other programmers to use components of existing software,allowing for faster and more reliable software development.

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