do i need to be administrator to programmatically update salesforce

do i need to be administrator to programmatically update salesforce? I am looking to do a host of updates like add accounts, complete acitivities, create new activities. (tasks)
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Loganathan NatarajanLAMP DeveloperCommented:
Yes, you need to be given permission from Administrator account.
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finnstoneAuthor Commented:
so i dont need to be adminstrator but they can just give me API permissions? where is that panel for them to do that?
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Loganathan NatarajanLAMP DeveloperCommented:
yes please. i had worked couple of tasks in sales force.
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finnstoneAuthor Commented:
nothing provided that resembled an answer
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mwochnickCommented:
@finnstone if you are still looking for an answer let me know - short answer is that profiles can be created that have api access, but this depends on the edition of salesforce and the license you are using
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