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What Is an Application Programming Interface (API)?

What Is an Application Programming Interface (API)?

In simple terms, APIs serve as a bridge that connects different software applications. Via the bridge, connected software can seamlessly integrate to send data back and forth.


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What Is API-Based SaaS?

API-based SaaS is a cloud-based software application that allows users to access its features, data, and functions via an API instead of a user interface.


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  • API-based SaaS improves the user experience by making it easier for users to import and export data and customize their workflow by integrating specific apps.
  • It simplifies development: Instead of building features from scratch, developers can simply integrate your software with other apps that already have the desired features.


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Benefits (cont.)

  • Increases accessibility: Users can access API-based SaaS software via an internet-connected web browser or mobile app.
  • It is flexible and scalable: Allows you to quickly and easily update the software to improve its performance in the background without disrupting user activities or existing integrations.


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  • While APIs may be familiar to developers, they may not be intuitive or user-friendly for all users. Some users may prefer a graphical user interface (GUI) or find APIs difficult to use without additional training or support.
  • It can introduce security risks if not properly secured.


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