Web services, web integrations and APIs share data between systems.
In the simplest terms, APIs are best thought of as doorways and rules for how two disparate programs can remotely communicate.
Information from system A contractually requests information in a structured way, and system B responds with a structured response. Connecting applications in this way facilitate business workflow and data flow without user intervention removing the burden of manual data rekeying and/or data entry error.
It also means that developers can achieve this without having to expose all of their software code, worry about different languages, or write connective spaghetti code.
It simplifies the communication by:
- defining the structure of a request and a response
- executing remote functions without manual intervention
- using REST as the modern standard communications protocol (SOAP is still in use)
- making use of common data formats such as XML, JSON, EDIFACT, and CSV
setting up rules (how many requests, read and write control)
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