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Suraj Vishwakarma
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What is an API? 3 APIs to develop your next project


API stands for Application Programming Interface but it is not much of the information to understand API. So in this post, we are going to learn "What is an API?" and a few examples of API to develop your next project. So let's get started with the post.

What is an API?

I am not a guy who goes with the definition of the word but still let's look into the definition.

An API is a set of programming code that enables data transmission between one software product and another.

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We can simply define API as a service provided by an application to other external applications to exchange data. Consider there is an application that has data and there is another application that requires that data do some work. In this case, the second application can make an API call to the first application to get the data. After getting data, the second application can use that data as it wants. For now, this is the work of an API to exchange data. API will be more clear with examples.

APIs to develop your next project

1. OpenWeather API


As the name suggests it provides you with weather-related information. The API data updated within every 10 minutes. Also, it provides you with an icon code which you can use to display an icon according to weather conditions.

2. Google Map API

Google Map API

Now-a-day, many application uses Google Map API to find direction, locations. You can separately make a travelling app using the API or you can integrate with your app to find locations or direction.

3. Wallpaper API

Wallpaper API

You can create a wallpaper web-app by using API from various website. You can get API from

I hope you are now comfortable with the API. You can start building your next project using those APIs. You can mention your favourite API in the comment box. Thank You for reading the blog.


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Top comments (8)

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Sachin Saini 🦄

Tmdb API is also a good one, for movies ;)

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Suraj Vishwakarma

Yesss, movie APIs are also great 🔥🔥

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Bala Hantsi 🇳🇬

Where can I learn how to use API

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Suraj Vishwakarma

You can learn from YouTube just search API and language in which you want to use.

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Nice article @surajsrv11

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Suraj Vishwakarma

Thank you so much♥️

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James Hubert

Awesome checklist.

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Suraj Vishwakarma

Thanks ♥️