Application programming interface (API) is a set of routines, protocols, and tools for building software and applications.
OSS, Inc can provide for you an API for a web-based system, operating system, or database system, and provides facilities to develop applications for that system using a given programming language. With the right API is easier to develop a program by providing all the building blocks. A programmer then puts the blocks together.
Most Popular API’s for web:
- YouTube APIs: YouTube API: Google’s APIs lets developers integrate YouTube videos and functionality into websites or applications. YouTube APIs include the YouTube Analytics API, YouTube Data API, YouTube Live Streaming API, YouTube Player APIs and others.
- Flickr API: The Flickr API is used by developers to access the Flick photo sharing community data. The Flickr API consists of a set of callable methods, and some API endpoints.
- Twitter APIs: Twitter offers two APIs. The REST API allows developers to access core Twitter data and the Search API provides methods for developers to interact with Twitter Search and trends data.
- Amazon Product Advertising API: Amazon’s Product Advertising API gives developers access to Amazon’s product selection and discovery functionality to advertise Amazon products to monetize a website.