applicationprogramminginterface

Application Programming Interface (API) provide a useful mechanism for software developers to integrate bespoke systems with third party software solutions. Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) is widely used within on-line based systems and provides a specification for exchanging structured information between applications and servers.

Both approaches (APIs and SOAP) provide a set of tools that we regularly use to interface with payment gateways, accounts packages and third party data sources.

Examples include: -

  • DirectX and Java APIs for rendering graphics
  • eXtended Mark-up Language (XML) for importing and exporting data
  • Google MAPS for calculating distances or displaying visual analytics on maps
  • SagePay, WorldPay and others for processing credit and debit cards
  • SageLine 50
  • QuickBooks Pro
  • Postcode validation

Web based APIs are relatively new - often referred to as Web 2.0 - and are moving away from Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) based services towards more direct communications allowing a combination of multiple services into new applications known as mash-ups.

APIs provide a rich stream of functionality that enable us to pass information to and from other systems you might have in place, or harness toolsets readily available, reducing the cost of development.

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