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What are API’s? Identify several that could or do exist in the software developed/maintained by your company. What’s the basic limitation of API’s? Are they still useful as opposed to OOP?


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API stands for Application Programming Interface and is a very broad concept. It will always be useful, because it describes how to use the code provided by a third party ...

If there wouldn't be an API, the code wouldn't be usable ...


>> What’s the basic limitation of API’s?

I'm not sure what you mean by that, but maybe it's the fact that API's provide a (limited, controlled) access to the code, thus usually not allowing the full potential of the code to be used. This is done intentionally though, to hide certain implementation details. So, I wouldn't call it a limitation ...



I always like to post a wiki for questions like this :

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/API

It's a good starting point for more information.
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