What is an API?

API, or Application Programming Interface API is a technique that allows two applications to communicate. API technology is used, for example, when your company has a planning system and you want this system to be viewable and completed via a mobile app. In this way, different software systems exchange data. An API sends a particular request to the provider and returns the response.


How does an API work?

An API works with queries and commands which are given to a database to retrieve and edit information. A query, or a request for information, comes from a certain software program and then you can enter a command. An example of what an API system actually does is when someone searches for an available meeting room in the Amsterdam area, all available locations are shown and users have the option to directly make a reservation for the room.

In addition, APIs can also put authentication and authorization restrictions in place. This means, for example, that a particular user can’t access all data or perform a particular action at all. So, with APIs you can set certain rules.

ID2Bytes creates APIs in both directions. We can create APIs so that your system works with the data of another system, but we can also integrate APIs into software.


Advantages of an API

  • APIs allow the extraction of functionality between different systems
  • APIs ensure automation of actions and therefore also more efficiency
  • APIs can be completely customized.
  • You don't have to build and implement a whole new system for applications to communicate.
  • With APIs you can set rules so that the data is only available to a certain group of users.

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