November 15: What's an API?

APIs are like drive-thru windows, but in code: they take inputs and give users predictable outputs.

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Source: Justin Gage
Published: January 2020

What's an API?

Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) are like drive-thru windows, but in code: they take inputs and give users predictable outputs.

API: Google Maps API
Input:
Address
Output:
Latitude and longitude

API: Clearbit Logo API
Input:
Company website
Output:
Company logo

API: Amazon Product Advertising API
Input:
Amazon Standard Identification Number (ASIN)
Output:
A product’s description, images, and customer reviews

API: Lyft Find Driver API
Input:
Current and destination addresses
Output:
The best driver to match you with

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