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Things to know about APIs

Nov 11, 2012, 20:00 (0 Talkback[s])

If you're creating Web apps, you're designing APIs. Here are some things to keep in mind before you begin.

The Web was designed for people. When Tim Berners-Lee created the trio of standards that make up the Web—HTTP, HTML and URLs—the intention was for people to browse Web sites, submit information to them and be at the heart of the experience. But for some time now, the notion of the Web as a set of sites that people browse has been somewhat untrue. True, hundreds of millions of people visit an equally large number of sites each day; however, more and more of the visitors to sites aren't people, but programs.

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