For years, companies have kept some of their most valuable assets locked up inside databases and applications. Now, they are discovering that sharing that data can generate new revenue streams. One of the easiest ways to do that is with API. When a business partner resells one of your products or services everybody wins. And APIs can make it much easier for a partner to successfully sign up a new customer or upsell an existing customer. By providing a complete set of tools for any company to create their own APIs, it helps companies extend their reach and increase partner revenue. All software has to request other software to do some things for it.

To accomplish this, the asking program uses a set of standardized requests, called application programming interfaces (API), that have been defined for the program being called upon. Almost every application depends on the APIs of the underlying operating system to perform such basic functions as accessing the file system. In essence, a program's API defines the proper way for a developer to request services from that program. Developers can make requests by including calls in the code of their applications. The syntax is described in the documentation of the application being called. By providing a means for requesting program services, an API is said to grant access to or open an application building, an application with no APIs is basically like building a house with no doors. The API for all computing purposes is how you open the blinds and the doors and exchange information. APIs also exist between applications.

Considering Snapforce

Snapforce offers integration with third-party programs using the API. Snapforce's API can be used in any language with simple HTTP POST requests. Our documentation includes code samples using PHP, and we have recently published an official Perl module, Snapforce::API, on CPAN for easy integration into a Perl application.