What is API?
API stands for Application Programming Interface. Both APIs and SDKs play an important part in the software department process.
Opportunities when using APIs
APIs can include rules and specifications that have to be followed by the program you have developed. Software can include a number of APIs/documentation to describe how various tasks are to be executed, often with a view to facilitating interaction.
Advantages of APIs
Programming using APIs provides a well-defined method for integrating programs with other systems, rather than using file integration, for instance. For developers, APIs can help to facilitate programming as learning various software functions is not necessarily required. With reliable APIs, you can:
- Upgrade various software components without changing the APIs
- Set up automated tests involving areas such as functionality and integration, with a view to quality assurance to ensure that everything is working optimally
APIs in Compello
At Compello, we use APIs in all our products so that products such as our Compello Invoice Approval can be integrated with various ERP systems. The documentation for the APIs will include a number of code samples relating to how the systems can be tested.
Relevant terms to API: User interface (GUI), integration, third party software, SDK