With a huge buzz about ‘apps’ in the mobile app development world, we commonly hear the term ‘APIs’ that is actually ‘Application Programming Interface’. APIs cover a technical environment around mobile app development to enable accessing application or platform of another party.
What is an API
When you deal with an Application Program Interface, it covers all the routines, protocols and tools for developing software applications. The role of APIs basically remains with specifying the way in which the software components interact with each other. APIs are additional used when you are programming the GUI components as well. GUI symbolizes Graphical User Interface.
If you have involved your all efforts and creativity to develop a good API, you would be able to easily develop a software program using all the building blocks. Then a programmer puts all the blocks together for giving life to the program and then to your app.
API’s used in Top Sites Today
Different types of APIs are used for different types of operating systems, websites or applications. For example, the world known Windows OS constitutes numerous API sets that are used by the system hardware and applications when you copy the text from one application and paste it to another. The action is totally permitted under API functionality.
MS-Windows and many other operating environments provide API, where the programmers are allowed to write the applications in consistency with the operating environments. In the recent context, the APIs are also specified by the websites. For example, eBay or Amazon APIs permit the developers for using the existing retail infrastructure for creating specialized web stores. Web-APIs are also used by the third-party software developers for creating effective software solution for the end-users.
Facebook’s API is most famous and it is most widely used by the mobile app developers today. It permits limited access to the mobile developers to verify login identification of the profile identity of the Facebook members. Simultaneously, it also enables the Facebook users or members to sign up for any third party via Facebook like Candy Crush or Rdio using their account.
Through FB APIs, users are also permitted to post content to their News Feed section even if they are using the mobile apps from any third party. This function has remarkably enabled the growth of a number of users on FB very quickly.
Like Facebook, Twitter API is also known well to be used by third-party mobile app developers for identifying their user sign ups along with enabling the users to post content easily from their app to Twitter account. If you are also developing an app that will promote sharing your content to Twitter or Facebook account on behalf of your app, you should be strictly aware of the spamming practices, direct market competition and other actions that may further revoke access to such APIs.
Another popular interface is LinkedIn API. As LinkedIn is a business professional networking website, users LinkedIn network or social graph seems quite different to their Twitter or Facebook networks. Hence, the LinkedIn APIs are best reserved for the business related applications where Evernote and other notable partners leverage this API for enabling the users to scan their business brochures and cards in Evernote. These digital cards can further be connected to the LinkedIn profile of the users.
LinkedIn announced in 2015 that the third-party API access of the firm will remain limited to official partnerships only, with the availability of its remaining open APIs for some of the uses like content sharing, certification posting and using a profile as an identity. If you are seeking more access to LinkedIn APIs, you would have to sign up for the partnership program.
You can get an immensely popular API via Google Maps to use mapping as well as location services in the third-party applications. Other than social APIs, Google Map’s APIs are chargeable if there includes any kind of fee for your application or if your API queries go beyond 100,000 in a period of 24 hour, but it demands enhanced query capacity to work for a pay license.
API’s in Today’s Context
In today’s innovative atmosphere, a wide variety of helpful and informative content over designing perfect APIs has been put out. The motive behind creating such APIs remains with letting your mobile apps communicate with specific cloud or web based services. Most of these practices and concepts have really helped the mobile API designers from past few years, whereas many others have got vanished from the context of mobile app design.
Moreover, the mobile app developers looking towards the improvement in the performance of their app should never forget making most out of the back-end APIs. It further enhances mobile consumer’s experience fantastically.