Application Programming Interface [API]

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A software specification that helps establish protocols and guidelines to facilitate data exchange between different systems. Modern software platforms will typically publish an API that developers can use when they need to connect to those platforms. By using APIs, the end-developer doesn’t need to know how the platform is implementing their functionality, they only need to know the “contract” that’s defined by the API and as long as they code against that contract, they can safely assume that the platform will fulfill its responsibilities of that contract. These days, APIs are a key component for integrating disparate systems on the Internet like ecommerce, marketing automation and CRM platforms.