Web Services Integration and APIs

APIs and web services integrations share data between systems.

In the simplest terms, APIs are best thought of as doors which clearly define exactly how a program will interact with the rest of the software. Moving information between programs is achieved by “exposing” some of a program’s internal functions to the outside world. That makes it possible for applications to provide data, receive data, and take instructions on another’s behalf. It also means that developers can achieve this without having to share all of their software code or write connective spaghetti code.

It also means control and simplifying permissions down to a specific set of features such as:

  • triggering functions to perform some operation
  • limiting how many requests might be made
  • setting requests to read-only access or read-writes

Instead of reinventing the wheel, we take advantage of APIs to achieve connectivity between well-known existing applications. This often involves the manipulation of well supported data formats to share information, including but limited to:

  • XML,
  • JSON
  • EDIFACT
  • CSV 
     

We have experience with developing over both open source and proprietary stack APIs.

Contact us to discuss your next project.