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  1. 1. API types A classification of Application Programming Interfaces Sarah Maddox, technical writer http://goo.gl/tTqyne
  2. 2. API Types, by Sarah Maddox What is an API? Application Programming Interface (API) A means of communication ○ App to app ○ Automated A description of the communication methods allowed ○ Requesting information ○ Sending information ○ Updating information The mechanisms supporting those interactions
  3. 3. API Types, by Sarah Maddox What is an API? Usually not UI ○ Software-to-software interaction, not user interaction ○ May provide a UI widget “Components” rather than “apps”? ○ Yes, that’s more precise ○ But “app” is good for most purposes “APIs” = features within an API? ○ No, although fairly common usage ○ Those are classes, methods, endpoints, etc
  4. 4. API Types, by Sarah Maddox A simple classification of APIs Web service APIs SOAP XML-RPC and JSON-RPC REST WebSocket APIs Library-based APIs JavaScript TWAIN Class-based APIs (object orientation) Java API Android API OS functions and routines Access to file system Access to user interface Object remoting APIs CORBA .NET Remoting Hardware APIs Video acceleration Hard disk drives PCI buses
  5. 5. API Types, by Sarah Maddox Web service APIs Flickr Google Static Maps Google Geolocation And many many more
  6. 6. API Types, by Sarah Maddox WebSockets Server Web browser
  7. 7. API Types, by Sarah Maddox Library-based APIs Google Maps JavaScript API Dropbox JavaScript Datastore API Twilio APIs - lots of them TWAIN - for scanners and cameras Oracle Call Interface (OCI)
  8. 8. API Types, by Sarah Maddox Class-based APIs Java API Android API Google Maps Android API MSDN Class Library for .NET Framework Twilio APIs for Java and C#
  9. 9. API Types, by Sarah Maddox A simple classification OS functions and routines Access to file system Access to user interface Object remoting APIs CORBA .NET Remoting Hardware APIs Video acceleration Hard disk drives PCI buses Web service APIs SOAP XML-RPC and JSON-RPC REST WebSocket APIs Library-based APIs JavaScript TWAIN Class-based APIs (object orientation) Java API Android API
  10. 10. API Types, by Sarah Maddox Blog post with details and comments http://goo.gl/tTqyne Long link: http://ffeathers.wordpress.com/2014/02/16/api-types
  11. 11. API Types, by Sarah Maddox Twitter @sarahmaddox Google+ +sarahmaddox Slideshare sarahmaddox Blog ffeathers.wordpress.com Contacting me
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