Whether we are aware of it or not, APIs are a huge part of how we interact with technology on a daily basis. Many of the applications and interfaces we use are highly dependent on APIs to find information and simplify complex processes. They serve as bridges, connecting programs, workflows, and data together so it can be more effective. APIs do four primary things:
APIs are effective tools for locating data for the user even when it resides in a different database, application, or program. Many popular applications are essentially portals into deeper databases of information. Content streaming services, weather apps, and more all use APIs help users access complex data.
APIs can serve as shortcuts, shielding the user or developer from complexity by calling out to pre-built processes or code. For example, a developer doesn’t need to understand how satellites or positioning algorithms work in order to build an application that has GPS tracking. APIs can be used to connect their application to a more complex GPS system.
In addition to reducing complexity, APIs can add new functionalities to software, portals, and apps. APIs can abstract more complex code in the background or bridge to disparate applications so that they can easily pass data back and forth.
APIs can serve as gatekeepers – controlling application access and informing the user of what application a program is using. When following best practices, APIs can be a useful tool in protecting sensitive information from both active and passive threats.
Building API integration into your application or workflow allows you to make the most of your data by employing it where it will be most useful. Whether this means using it for analytics or as content within your software or applications, integration keeps you connected to your business information.
REST stands for Representational State Transfer. Where a regular API is a essentially a set of functions that allow communication between applications, a REST API is a architectural style for connected applications on the web.
A REST API is usually considered industry standard when building web APIs because it is simpler, more flexible, and uses existing protocols such as HTTP. REST API are especially popular for building mobile and cloud applications because of its superior scalability, automation, and simplicity in action.
Data Integration has the power to connect you to your information. DOMA can guide you in connecting your structured data into your cloud application or into a business intelligence tool such as Microsoft Power BI or AWS QuickSight. Incorporating API Integration into your workflow can help your organization: