I had an unusual problem yesterday, where I needed to configure a third-party service to send status updates to our application. The third-party service accepts a URL of my choosing, to which it'll post some set of data about the update. This is often referred to as a "web
An API is an Application Programming Interface, but what's that really mean? In a more practical sense, it's one programmer hiding the (possibly messy) details of their own code behind a nice veneer, in order to make it easier for another programmer to consume it in their own program.