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

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How should a web API handle misspelled/extra parameters?

Question: For a public facing web API(send HTTP Get/Post requests, get JSON/XML data back), how should parameters be handled that are either misspelled or are extra. It seems to me that if the ...
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Address validation service for a public website [closed]

Given the following scenario: There is a public website (with about 50-100 visitors a day) Visitors register for the services offered by the company who owns the website Visitors tend to give wrong ...
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What methods were used for online payments before API's and Paypal, etc

What methods (in programming/web dev terms) were used to take payments online before such things as Paypal, Google Checkout and various gateways and API's. How were such transactions carried out?
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Open Source Web-based CMS for writing and managing API documentation

This is a question that have somewhat been asked before (i.e.: How to manage an open source project's documentation). However, my question is a little different because: We're not developing open ...
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How do you remember numerous API? [duplicate]

There are lots of other APIs I need to use besides the Selenium test tool to be able to get tests working. Not using them for just one week and the mind has lost all of them. How is it possible to ...
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How to learn an API

When I find some interesting project (e.g. on GitHub) I often would like to use it and try it out to see how it works, but if there isn't a good documentation or some kind of tutorial it's hard to ...
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Why aren't more desktop apps written with Qt? [closed]

As far as I know and have understood in my experience with Qt, it's a very good and easy to learn library. It has a very well designed API and is cross-platform, and these are just two of the many ...
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Java API vs. Other APIs [closed]

I'm more at the novice end of the software developer spectrum, but nevertheless I've had exposure to quite a few programming languages and frameworks. From all the technologies I've used, I haven't ...
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API naming and namespacing

Is it right or more beautiful to name the functions with an prefix, like in Qt? Or using "many" namespaces, but 'normal' names for functions? For example, slOpenFile(); //"sl" means "some lib" vs ...
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How do you write a code analysis & refactoring tool to interface with Visual Studio?

Recently while working on a project of mine and doing some refactoring I got an idea to write a custom tool to help me analyze my code in a very specific context and perform some very custom ...
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When Interfacing with a 3rd Party API, What Can Make Things Challenging?

Reuse of components in development of software program are always exposed through the API's. Most of the products in today's world (such a facebook, google, .Net, JDK, ...) provide API's to reuse ...
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Looking for the fastest way to collect form data

I am developing an application in Flex. There are 20+ 'pages', each with its own form. I need to collect all the entered data and pass it to an API method. What I am wondering is when I should begin ...
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How do I create my own programming language and a compiler for it [closed]

I am thorough with programming and have come across languages including BASIC, FORTRAN, COBOL, LISP, LOGO, Java, C++, C, MATLAB, Mathematica, Python, Ruby, Perl, JavaScript, Assembly and so on. I ...
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How to use the APIs for different platforms?

From what I know, learning a programming language consists of : 1- Learning the syntax 2- Learning how does the language handle\use\implement its "abilities" (Classes, delegates, structs, ...
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Doing 'more' with C on Windows than very simple programs?

I'm currently learning C via 'C Primer Plus' as recommended by a lot of people here and I'm finding it very interesting - the in-depth explanations of how and why we do certain things in C are great ...
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Is deprecating a real commitment?

If you deprecate something, are you guaranteeing you will get rid of it in the next major release? Is it reasonable to take two or three releases before you get rid of it completely? Update: ...
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Terms of Service responsibility when developing a library service that wraps a 3d party API

For my own amusement and instruction I've been developing a C# / .NET library that is basically a wrapper around the Google Geocoding API. It simplifies the entire process and enables users to perform ...
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What are some good Photo and Artwork APIs?

We had an idea for starting a ecards service and were looking into the possibility of populating our site using photo/artwork APIs. Due to legal reasons, Flikr probably won't work, although I've ...
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In my API, how can I make knowing implementation details unnecessary?

Is it feasible that we have a layer of API simply for the reason so that people in the team don't have to understand the actual implementation of the individual components each of us are working on? ...
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What do programmers want in a web API?

I'm currently building a web API for popular piece of forum software (XenForo). What kind of things do developers find important in a web API? Are there certain architectures (REST, SOAP, etc.) that ...
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Facebook and Twitter authentication from Mobile Applications

I might be missing something with the Facebook and Twitter logins APIs. Something that is blocking me from understanding how they would be used in mobile applications. Both APIs seem like they need ...
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ChunkDB to handle high traffic JSON web service? Alternatives?

I am designing a high volume web service which will rely on a central database containing objects of a single JSON type. Currently I am considering using ChunkDB to store the objects and retrieve the ...
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Why were Java collections implemented with “optional methods” in the interface?

During my first implementation extending the Java collection framework, I was quite surprised to see that the collection interface contains methods declared as optional. The implementer is expected ...
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Priority value meaning

The library that I'm working on has a parameter which defines priority of a certain process. I want the interface to be as clear as possible, but it seems that different people have opposite ...
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Network application framework/API/etc

With all the web2.0 hype and webapps being all the rage, the only advantage from a corporate POV that I can think of webapps having is that it is easier to service your user base: upgrades become ...
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Why do certain code elements (classes, methods etc.) in public APIs get deprecated over time?

Today our professor discussed with the class that what "class X or method X get deprecated" means? From what I understood, it means, for example, that we are not going to get that method or class in ...
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What should I name these methods?

I have two interfaces, one with and one without generic type parameters. The non-generic interface is used internally so that I can store instances of the generic interface in a collection. All would ...
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Apache Wave API

I'd like to create an application based around Apache Wave. Where can I learn more about working with Apache Wave and/or the API for a locally running instance? At the moment, the extent of what I ...
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Strategy for designing a plugin API

I am working on an application for which a rich plugin API is crucial. What is the best process for creating an API that is intuitive and easy to learn?
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Is it smart to store application keys, ids, etc directly inside an application?

I have heard some say it isn't but they never suggest an alternative. Is this true? UPDATE Is it possible to store this external from application and have it called?
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What is the best way to remember Java APIs? [duplicate]

I have been doing Java for nearly a year now and I have difficulty remembering Java APIs and method names. What is the best way to remember them?
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API Design Question

I am currently designing a API and have come to a slight design issue and was hoping for a few other opinions. My url structure for accessing basic data from the API is: ...
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What is the best way to implement different views of one resource in RESTful manner?

Imagine, there is a resource, for example event. User is able to get list of events in HTML format. He should be able to view that list in two ways: as a list and as a calendar. How the API should ...
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Application internal API

I am currently building a small python CLI (Command Line Interface) application with ambition. In the first development phase I would concentrate on making it work through the CLI interface only, but ...
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Reverse engineering airline reservations systems

I saw an interesting conversation on here about airline reservation systems and the services that connect them (like Sabre). This is an almost identical analog to a problem I've been trying to figure ...
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Does Google Code source hosting have an API like Github [closed]

I looked and looked, and perhaps I am dense, but I could not find an API for open source projects on Google Code, similar to that offered by Github. Does it exist?
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User directory - framework

I'ld like to create a very basic directory where user can enter their social network profiles and pick a username. From that data a little website gets generated. The sign in process should be managed ...
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Deprecate a web API: Best Practices?

Eventually you need to depreciate parts of your public web API. However I'm confused on what would be the best way to do it. If you have a large 3rd party app base just yanking old versions of the API ...
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Translating error messages from an external API?

If I am localizing a piece of software that uses an external API, how should I handle error messages that originate in this API? I do not control the API, I only consume it. The error responses are ...
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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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What are the best patterns/designs for stateful API development?

I am about to implement a API for my TCP/IP server written in Java. Right now I have a temporary method that takes a String, executes a command based on the String and returns a String basically like ...
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Are Java's public fields just a tragic historical design flaw at this point? [closed]

It seems to be Java orthodoxy at this point that one should basically never use public fields for object state. (I don't necessarily agree, but that's not relevant to my question.) Given that, would ...
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How do I use an API? [closed]

Background I have no idea how to use an API. I know that all APIs are different, but I've been doing research and I don't fully understand the documentation that comes along with them. There's a ...
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How are undocumented functions discovered?

I've always wondered how do you find undocumented / private API ? Example the Apple undocumented / private API, Play Station, Windows Phone 7, Win32 Kernel, Windows API, hidden callback, etc... ...
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Evolution of the Win32 API

Has the Windows 32 API changed much over time? Does the Charles Petzold book "Programming Windows, 5th Edition" from 1998 still contain relevant information, or is most of it obsolete/outdated? What ...
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Difference between Web API and Web Service?

I have heard about Web Services and Web API's a lot, is there any difference between them or are the same?
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Why has the PowerCollections C# library recently declined in popularity?

I just looked at the statistics for the PowerCollections C# library and noticed a sharp decrease in quantity of downloads. What may be the cause? Is there something better I should be using?
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Question about API and Web application code sharing

This is a design question. I have a multi part application with several user types. There is a user client for the patient that interacts with a web service. There is an API evolving behind the web ...
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Guidance for Web XML Api's

I have to create an API for our application that is accessible over HTTP. I envision the API's responses to be simple XML documents. It won't be a REST API (not in the strict sense of REST). I am ...
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Determining Cost of API Calls

[This is a cross-post originally posted by me in SO. I think the question is more appropriate here.] I was going through the adwords API and came across their rate sheet - ...