Lead the way to interoperability with APIs

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

One thought on “Lead the way to interoperability with APIs

  • June 4, 2012 at 1:28 am

    Its interesting to know how things work and sometimes its surprising how it all really happens. One day hopefully everything will be interoperable for all its fault. APIs in my understanding, thanks to your article is one of those things helping this all along. Mashing up all our data helps makes things easier but I believe it makes it also makes them more vulnerable too. Im sure this is obvious but just like everything else there must be a price to this convenience I am also sure that along with this fact companies are also finding ways to counteract all these vulnerabilities because they don’t want data including their own to be compromised. Knowing these things ahead of time will hopefully help make us all better Information technology users.

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