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Essential guide to API management and application integration

This guide provides examples of successful API management, trends and key terms.

If you're involved with integration, you have to be well-versed with application program interfaces (APIs), which are tools that make it possible to manage software applications. While invisible to end users, APIs are essential for communication between programs. Social media networking giants Facebook and Twitter are just a couple of companies that have made good use of open or public APIs. Basically, an open API is one in which an organization publishes its software to be shared freely. A startup, for example, may want to open its API, as doing so encourages third parties to use its software.

This guide brings together a range of stories that highlight examples of successful API management, trends with the technology and key terms developers need to know.

APIs 101

1. API management: What you need to know

Before you dive in to API management, it's important to know the basics. Read on for tips on successful project planning and development.

API trends in action

2. The latest with APIs: Trends and effective use cases

Architects involved with integration have to be on top of the latest trends in API management and implementation. One of the best ways to know which tactics to employ is to learn from others' trials and tribulations. Read more to find out how some organizations are making good use of their APIs.

Definitions

3. Must-know: Key API terms

This glossary provides common terms related to API management.