For two applications to communicate with each other, there must be a bridge or a connection path, precisely this is the function of an API. On the official Red Hat page, they explain in detail how they work "APIs allow your product or service to communicate with other products and services without having to know how they are implemented."
They go on to explain “This can simplify application development, saving time and money. When you're building new tools and products or managing existing ones, APIs give you flexibility; simplify design, management, and use; and provide opportunities for innovation.
There are different types of APIs and they all communicate with each other:
To write a web API we will follow the Visual Studio way of creating APIs using an MVC project. First, you need to open Visual Studio and click on File, then on New Project and this will open a new project window.
Once inside the new project window, expand the Visual C# option and select Web in the left panel. You are going to select the ASP.Net Web Application template in the central panel and enter the name of the project. This will open a new ASP.Net project.
After the steps above, select Web API. You will notice that when doing this, the MVC and Web API boxes are checked, this means that the necessary files and references for both MVC and Web API will be added.
Select OK to create a new Web API + MVC Project.
A default MVC Project will be created, which will contain two specific files for Web API: WebApiConfig.cs in the App_Start folder and ValuesController.cs in the Controllers folder.
WebApiConfig.cs works to configure files for Web API. You can configure routes and other things for Web API, in the same way, that RouteConfig.cs is used to configure MVC routes. It also automatically creates ValuesController.cs, the Web API controller.
In this way, you can create an API for the web with MVC and thus integrate it into the development of your mobile application.
An API can have several uses within the development of websites and applications, we are going to explain the most common ones and how they can benefit the developer in terms of effectiveness and speed, allowing projects to be completed in the shortest possible time.
At Rootstack, our team of experts has used several APIs to integrate them into the different applications we have made for our international clients, thus achieving a robust application, full of various functionalities that can satisfy the demands of today's users.
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