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I am trying to get the lingo down.   Is an API (application programming interface) the same as just adding a .dll reference to your project to give you new functionality?  Like, I added a lo4net.dll reference to allow me to use log4net capabilities.  Is this considered a new API?

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Yes, but it does not end at add the reference !

after adding the reference, you have now a reach API (classes and methods ) ready to use.

to start exploring log4net API, add it's namespace to your code :

C#: using log4net;
vb: import log4net
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Great.  I needed that clarification.
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