What Are APIs?

APIs are very technical, and yet they are used everywhere. Simply put: APIs allow different apps and services to work together in various ways. In this video, I’ll highlight four ways in which APIs can be used: to access data, to hide complexity, to extend functionality, and for security/privacy reasons.


This video wouldn’t be possible without the work of others. Here are the sources I’ve used during my research & script writing:

Application programming interface. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Application_programming_interface

Gazarov, P. (2016). What is an API? In English, please. https://www.freecodecamp.org/news/what-is-an-api-in-english-please-b880a3214a82/

Hoffman, C. (2018). What Is an API? https://www.howtogeek.com/343877/what-is-an-api/

Kastrenakes, J. (2018). Facebook will limit developers’ access to account data. https://www.theverge.com/2018/3/21/17148726/facebook-developer-data-crackdown-cambridge-analytica

EDSAC. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EDSAC

Sandoval, K. (2018). Who Invented the API? https://nordicapis.com/who-invented-the-api/