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APIs: What Will Happen With The Internet of Things?
It is true that Internet of Things is bringing in a broader meaning of 'APIs' to go beyond 'the same technology as websites'
By: Mark O'Neill
Jan. 27, 2014 09:30 AM
Until recently, when I would talk about "APIs", I would qualify it by saying "Web APIs", in order to distinguish from the older meaning of APIs as more the tightly-coupled APIs used in Java, C/C++, or even Visual Basic. If you just said "APIs", until recently, some people may think you mean APIs like the Windows API (I can remember Charles Petzold's excellent Windows API book was on my desk back when I was a programmer at an EDI VAN in the 90s).
Just exactly what an API is, is always up for debate. APIs have been around since before the Internet. API Evangelist focuses in on what I call web APIs, that were built using the same technology as websites, and were made even popular for delivering valuable data and resources to mobile phones.
Notice "Web APIs" also. But, Kin explains that technology may be moving on. Recently, I have seen APIs move on from just "Web APIs". This is for two reasons. Firstly, people know that "APIs" means the modern meaning of the term, so there is less need to qualify what you mean. But secondly, and more fundamentally, there is now a realization that APIs refers in the broad sense to how businesses enable new channels, using technology links to devices, partners, and the market in general.
" What will happen with the Internet of Things? Will there be APIs that are tailored for home automation devices or just our cars?"
It is true that Internet of Things is bringing in a broader meaning of "APIs" to go beyond "the same technology as websites", and towards more tailored protocols and data formats (even JSON is too verbose in many Internet of Things scenarios).
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