An application programming interface (API) is the specification for which software is meant to be used by other software.

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Purpose of authentication on API's?

After asking this question I found that I have a different question. What's the purpose of authenticating an API anyway? Take Twitter for instance. If you want to use this link to load some user's ...
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Is there actually an advantage to using Win API calls for file access?

I remember coding file access using the Win API about 15 years ago. It was much faster than using the FileStream of my language at the time (Delphi). I spent a while today experimenting in C# under ...
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Breaking dependencies on remote APIs

The system I'm working on has a core web application where the bulk of the work is done. However, it relies on another server to handle transactional finance data. It connects to the server using a ...
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Separation of web server and stateless REST API

Currently, I have a single Node server that provides both (a) stateless API routes returning JSON, and (b) session-based web routes. My API routes and web routes have started sharing a lot of code, ...
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int * vs int [N] vs int (*)[N] in functions parameters. Which one do you think is better?

When programming in C (or C++) there are three different ways to specify the parameter in a function that takes an array. Here is an example (implementing std::accumulate from C++ in C) that shows ...
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Handling Slow External API's in Web Application

So I have got an application that during various steps during a user's process will transmit and receive data from external API's. Currently the way this is handled is fairly rudimentary. There ...
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Architecture for an event admission ticket scanner for events with multiple entries

I am working on a service that lets event organizers sell tickets to their events online (a lot like Eventbrite to be honest). The customers then print the tickets themselves (each ticket has a ...
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PHP MVC as backend for iOS app

So, essentially, the question is, to develop a PHP back-end to an iOS application, would you implement an MVC architecture on the PHP side? Or no, since the client side (iOS) already has an MVC ...
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How to present a stable data model in a public API that allows internal data structures to be changed without breaking the public view of the data?

I am in the process of developing an application that allows users to write C# scripts. These scripts allow users to call selected methods and to access and manipulate data in a document. This works ...
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What is the correct way to publish a runtime? Should it be a singleton?

I have a compiler for a programming language that targets JavaScript. That language needs some global functions such as: alloc, memcpy, write and so on. My question is: where should I position those ...
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Message Queue for RTOS for microcontrollers

I'm currently writing an RTOS for microcontrollers. The whole thing is written in C++11 - if anyone is interested, and the link to the repository is at the bottom. Currently I'm writing a class that ...
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Internal api development and committing procedure

I am now on the job of extending and refactoring a set of APIs and core data structures that most of the other components depend on. The team is small (5 people ). A manager told me that before ...
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Should a web app for a service access its data via its own API or directly?

I'm building a service that will consist of mobile and desktop apps, which will require me to build my own RESTful web API to easily keep the data for the service in sync. I am also building a web ...
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What exactly is the meaning of “node” in Document Object Model (DOM)?

I've searched for the definition of a "node" in a programming language and I am still finding it hard to understand. Could anyone advice me in simple, layman's terms: What is a node?
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Lock data in DB while external API call is pending?

I have an interesting situation, and I am looking for the best way to solve it. My app runs like this: 1) The user gets a Promotion Pin from Some Company, and I have a db table with these pins also. ...
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Multiple API Calls on Web Server

I am trying to build a Tumblr Site that makes API calls to Social Network sites and return data and render on the Tumblr Site. And the thing is Tumblr doesn't allow PHP on their HTML Editor. So my ...
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Should I add a key to the items of my REST API response?

I have an REST API endpoint which the JSON response looks like: { "products": [ {"id": 1040, "price": 2.95, ...} {"id": 4545, "price": 3.95, ...} ] } One of my colleagues ...
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RESTful key-value collection

I am creating a HTTP REST API. I have a large collection of key-value pairs, at /base-url. I need to provide the ability to get and set values for a key. My first attempt: GET /base-url/{key} PUT ...
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the better url for a API: /api or api [closed]

when you make a API, what is a better practice ? http://webapp/api or http://api.webapp/ why ? I started with the API in http://webapp/api and the description of the service in http://webapp. ...
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REST and RPC in multi-tier API

My team is developing a multi-tier API with scalability and modularity in mind. The public access point of the API is fully REST. However, we are splitting the data access layer as another tier in our ...
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Is a bad choice to consume the REST API also from the back-end?

Using a REST API for front-end code is a desiderable and quite common practice. However, I was wondering if using it also for the back-end could be a good choice. What I mean is leaving the burden of ...
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Using a REST API for both mobile and web [closed]

I've always only used REST to build web services for mobile apps, for example i use Django to build the website using templates, and build a REST API using django framework, but would it be a good ...
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How was the system clock first used in early computers?

This question is about the clock that keeps current time, not about the signal that sequences the circuitry (the wall clock, not the metronome). First computers were pure calculators, just very ...
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How to prevent third party misuse of what is intended to be a private api (avoiding what happened to Snapchat)?

I have never used Snapchat and do not intend to but I have been reading up about what happened to them with respect to the recent media coverage about pictures being leaked especially because I am ...
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Plugins and exporting an API between python scripts

I've got a python script, which should read a subdirectory and make all the scripts within it callable like this: python mainscript.py subscript arguments I've figured out most of the details but ...
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Why use services (REST/SOAP) instead of a library?

Let's say you're looking at breaking up your applications into services. Are there any good reasons to adopt a SOA approach vs. just creating a library API that can be loaded by the applications that ...
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What was used to consume api's before webservices? [closed]

Most of the companies that offer public api these days do it through a web service. What was used before web services were popular? For example, if a company wanted to release a c# public api would it ...
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Implicit OAuth2 endpoint vs. cookies

I currently have an app which basically runs two halves of an API - a restful API for the web app, and a synchronisation API for the native clients (all over SSL). The web app is completely ...
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Reflective discovery of an inner class in an API

Let me ask you, as this bothers me for quite a while but appears to be subjectively the best solution for my problem, if reflective discovery of an inner class for API purposes is that bad idea? ...
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Designing an API with access tokens, how to handle GET requests?

I am building an API that will utilize access tokens so that I can track usage among various departments and for access control. My plan is to utilize the HTTP verbs appropriately - GET will retrieve ...
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Add new/modify existing callback to/in API

I am working on a common API for a user interface. My colleagues use this framework in all their projects, but the UI is not our main aspect here, so the knowledge of the UI framework is somewhat ...
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Server side or client side mvc: which approach imposes less load on the server?

Which is the best approach when developing a dynamic web app with multiple views and dynamic content. regarding server load and responce times: use a server side mvc (such as Sailsjs or ASP.NET MVC) ...
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REST API + “Micrososervices” boundaries

I have a REST API. The fundamentals of the API takes care of two things. Authentication Routes Let's say I was about to do a small service (microservice whatever...) next to the API and have it ...
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How to host a web service with dependencies on many APIs/SDKs which expose methods in different languages

A project I'm working on currently depends on several SDKs and APIs that perform identical tasks, but for different external products. For example, in an Internet of Things world we have a common ...
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Domain Name Lookup

I'm trying to automate the process of sending many domain name lookup requests. I tried to do this by sending for example http request to domain registry site like Whois.net, but I notice they block ...
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Domain Lookup API

I am looking to incorporate a domain name lookup facility in my website to make sure if a domain is available or not. The only api I could find on the net is ...
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API to get data, caller may not know how much? How to allocate buffer size

I am writing a C API for retrieving data from a hardware device. The data will be returned as a string with approximately 30 bytes of text per item. The problem is there may any number of items. ...
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Internal and external API architecture

The company I work for maintains a successful SaaS product that grew "organically" over the years. We are planning to expand the line with a suite of new products that will share data with the ...
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How to scrub Twitter and Facebook posts for many users

I'm making an Rails app that in theory should scrub new posts from the users facebook and twitter accounts and put them in a timeline for an analyst to analyze and determine if they are good or bad ...
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Why does java collections not supply a function for the index of max value?

I have been using Collections.max(list) for many projects, but I occasionally want to find the index of that maximum element. I feel silly writing a function to do this for myself in every program I ...
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What is the evidence that an API has exceeded its orthogonality in the context of types?

Wikipedia defines software orthogonality as: orthogonality in a programming language means that a relatively small set of primitive constructs can be combined in a relatively small number of ways ...
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Real time middleware system: Direct DB access vs REST API access

I'm developing a complex environment which involves a web application, a mobile app and a real time middleware system which accesses the DB for on-site tag readings. Currently, the web application ...
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Is it safe to transmit access tokens via HTTP headers?

It's the first RESTful web service and I am concerned about security issues. Is it safe to transmit my access token via HTTP headers? For example: POST /v1/i/resource HTTP/1.1 Content-Type: ...
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How do newly-created programming languages use Windows API features?

WinAPI is focused primarily on the C family, but how do new programming languages use those features without creating their own runtime/interpreter type thing? Do they hook directly into the DLL ...
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What ever happened to the Google AJAX Search API

I am looking to query the main Google search however all references including stackoveflow point to the Google AJAX Search API. The odd thing is that it does not seem to exist any more not even a ...
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What's the difference between an API and an SDK?

I was looking through various APIs and SDKs, when I realized that I couldn't really tell the difference between something called an API and something called an SDK. Both of them are, conceptually, a ...
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How to handle business rules with a REST API?

I have a REST API to manage a booking system I'm searching how to manage this situation : A customer can book a time slot : A TimeSlot resource is created and linked to a Person resource. In order to ...
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Best way to indicate more results available

We have a service to return messages. We want to limit the number returned, either allowing the caller to specify the max number to return, or else to use an internal hard limit. We also have thought ...
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API always returns JSONObject or JSONArray Best practices

I'm making an API that will return data in JSON. I also wanted on client side to make an utility class to call this API. Something like : JSONObject sendGetRequest(Url url); JSONObject ...
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How is the correct way of writing TDD for a void API?

Ok so my scenario is this: I have a third party component that offers an API for communicating with an external system. The method calls for commanding the external system to do stuff, all return ...