by Toan T
This article talks about the use of APIs and how it has become the standards in what the article would call “interoperability”. The fascinating thing about APIs is that all business and government entities all share the same common fundamental principle in the age of what we call Web 2.0. The main problem that was prominent in the age of Web 2.0 was how data gathered can be shared through out the web in a easy and simplistic way. Back then, information can only be viewed in a visualization system. This was the only way where different data can be viewed together. However, it generally takes a lot of time to develop and was very expensive. Then a new approach to the problem was mashups, it is “a way of collating data from multiple sources using the types of API typically seen in applications such as Google Maps and eBay. Information from different databases could be automatically married and presented to analysts and Pentagon officials in the same interface.” This method allows data to be gathered through out different networks. It is what companies such as “eBay, Amazon and Flickr all make their information available in the same way, exposing their data in machine-readable forms that are easy for other applications, or in some cases web browsers, to consume.”
I found this article to be interesting because not only does it talks about how the different ways data can be viewed back in the days but also how the creation of API has change how data is being shared and viewed over the web. Not only that, it is what kick started the rise of internet businesses. I am sure that without the use of API, there would be no way for us to search information on the web like the way we do now with the use of search engine and personal databases.
Bradbury, D. (2008). APIs lead the way to interoperability. Computer Weekly, , 34-34,36. http://search.proquest.com/docview/236982750?accountid=10357