What are APIs and Why is the API Contract So Special


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In this special presentation of ProgrammableWeb's Developers Rock Podcast from the Washington, DC-area API Meetup on Dec 5, 2019, ProgrammableWeb.com editor-in-chief David Berlind kicks off his long running college series on APIs (a new chapter will be delivered at each monthly DC API meetup). In this first chapter, Berlind reviews the definition of an API, discusses the role APIs play in decoupling API consumers from API providers, offers some real world analogies to help understand the idea of an API's technical contract, and explains what it was that made Web APIs so special as a part of the long history of networkable APIs. ProgrammableWeb.com editor-in-chief David Berlind is the co-organizer of the DC-Area API Meetup. We're always looking for more attendees, speakers, and sponsors (the sponsors buy the pizza). For more information about the meetup, go to: https://www.meetup.com/DC-Web-API-User-Group/ To get a full text transcript of this presentation go to: https://www.programmableweb.com/news/what-api-and-why-does-api-contract-matter-so-much/analysis/2020/01/24