Understanding APIs (Part 2): API Analogies and Examples

Updated: Sep 4

In Part 1 of this series, “Understanding APIs (Part 1): What is an API?,” we learned about the acronym, the definition, the four aspects of an API, and how everything works together. We also defined this cute little diagram below. If you feel like you forgot some pieces, you can always go back and read the recap at the end for a quick summary.

When I started learning what an API was, it took me some time to really start understanding this concept. It can become so abstract! When I look at practical examples of applied technologies, it can really open my eyes to understanding a theory. In the case of APIs, looking at different examples helped me get a better idea of this concept.