application programming interface

variants: or less commonly application program interface

Definition of application programming interface 


: a set of rules that allows programmers to develop software for a particular operating system without having to be completely familiar with that operating system To fix this problem, trustbusters have installed a provision forcing Microsoft to disclose more information about its so-called application programming interfaces, or APIs.Business Week abbreviation API

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The specification, called WebAuthn, is an application programming interface (API) that Web developers can integrate into their websites and allow fingerprint readers and even face scanners like Apple’s Face ID to verify a person’s identity. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Web Browsers Are Starting to Kill Passwords," 10 Apr. 2018 Almost anyone can build an app that connects to Gmail accounts using Google’s software called an application programming interface, or API. Douglas Macmillan, WSJ, "Tech’s ‘Dirty Secret’: The App Developers Sifting Through Your Gmail," 2 July 2018 Those developers relied on Facebook's public data channels, known as application programming interfaces, or APIs. Anchorage Daily News, "Facebook gave device makers deep access to data on users and friends," 4 June 2018 Those developers relied on Facebook’s public data channels, known as application programming interfaces, or APIs. Michael Laforgia, The Seattle Times, "Facebook let phone makers get data trove on users and friends," 3 June 2018 APIs, or application programming interfaces, operate like open-source data systems that others can integrate into their own apps. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "New transit app simplifies city trips with real-time bikeshare info," 30 May 2018 The study further found that 92% of the 1,280 Android apps that utilize Facebook’s application programming interface (API) are potentially in violation of COPPA. Aric Jenkins, Fortune, "Google Responds to Study Claiming a Majority of Children's Android Apps Potentially Track Kids," 17 Apr. 2018 The researchers collected data for the study using the Twitter streaming application programming interface, a tool that allows users to collect a random sample of real-time tweets with specified characteristics. Jeanna Smialek / Bloomberg, Time, "Twitter Bots May Have Boosted Donald Trump's Votes by 3.23%, Researchers Say," 21 May 2018 Operating systems could require ultrasonic communication to run through an application programming interface that controls for these types of extraneous access in a consistent way. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "Ultrasonic Signals Are the Wild West of Wireless Tech," 17 Apr. 2018

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1968, in the meaning defined above

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