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Old 05-05-2009, 10:51 AM   #1
vinaytp
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what is an api???


hi experts...

I read about apis in net..but i am not able to come to a decision what an api is exactly...can anyone tell me in very simple terms..pleeeeese....

thanks in advance...
 
Old 05-05-2009, 10:55 AM   #2
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hi experts...

I read about apis in net..but i am not able to come to a decision what an api is exactly...can anyone tell me in very simple terms..pleeeeese....

thanks in advance...
Application programming interface
Google is your friend. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Applica...ming_interface
cheers,
jdk
 
Old 05-05-2009, 12:16 PM   #3
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APIs are access points to hook into the linux OS modules. Every operating System comes with some common built in modules for example reading a file, reading from keyboard etc and APIs allows you to access such modules from your programs.
 
Old 05-05-2009, 01:05 PM   #4
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It is not only operating systems that provide APIs. All programming languages do. APIs are essentially an interface to the various functions that a language or program can provide for you; it tells you what it can do and how you need to address it to tap into all that functionality.
 
  


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