Copy of APIs for Dummies

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Provided by: IBM
Topic: Developer
Format: PDF
APIs are a hot topic, energetically debated by businesspeople, IT managers, and developers alike. Most of the excitement in the public space is about open public APIs. To some degree, not having a public API today is like not having a website in the late 1990s. Yet for many enterprises, public APIs are really the least of their business concerns. More important concerns include building omnichannel solutions, innovating faster than the competition, becoming a mobile enterprise, or operating in a hybrid cloud environment.

APIs are fundamental enablers for all these initiatives and more, which is why so many different types of stakeholders are interested in them. But what is an API, really; why is it different from an old-school application programming interface; and why should you care? In principle, the acronym API stands for Application Programming Interfaces, but the notion of what API means has evolved significantly. APIs today are quite different from the application programming interfaces of old. Read this book and see what that change entails.
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