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. (n.d.). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Application_programming_interface
EDSAC. (n.d.). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EDSAC
Gazarov, P. (2016, August). What is an API? In English, please. https://www.freecodecamp.org/news/what-is-an-api-in-english-please-b880a3214a82/
Hoffman, C. (2018, March). What Is an API? https://www.howtogeek.com/343877/what-is-an-api/
Kastrenakes, J. (2018, March). Facebook will limit developers’ access to account data. https://www.theverge.com/2018/3/21/17148726/facebook-developer-data-crackdown-cambridge-analytica
Sandoval, K. (2018, September). Who Invented the API? https://nordicapis.com/who-invented-the-api/