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What is an API?

Published on December 9, 2020
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By Brian Boucheron
Developer and author at DigitalOcean.
What is an API?

An application programming interface (API) is a standardized set of routines, definitions, and protocols that allow developers to build software on top of existing libraries and services. APIs abstract implementation and expose only necessary objects and actions to the developer. This allows for a stable interface while the underlying implementation may change.

Within cloud computing, developers use APIs to manage servers and other resources, most often through conventional HTTP requests.

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