API management Definitions

  • A

    API economy (application programming interface economy)

    API economy describes the growing economic impact a successful application programming interface (APIs) can provide.

  • API management

    The goal of API management is to allow an organization that publishes an API to monitor the interface’s lifecycle and make sure the needs of developers and applications using the API are being met.

  • application integration (enterprise application integration or EAI)

    Application integration (sometimes called enterprise application integration or EAI) is the process of bringing data or a function from one application program together with that of another application program.

  • application program interface (API)

    An application program interface (API) is code that allows two software programs to communicate with each other.

  • C

    cPanel (cPanel Control Panel)

    cPanel is a Unix-based control panel that automates and simplifies the website hosting process.

  • I

    IDEF (Integrated Definition)

    IDEF (for Integrated Definition) is a group of modeling methods that can be used to describe operations in an enterprise.

  • interoperability

    Interoperability (pronounced IHN-tuhr-AHP-uhr-uh-BIHL-ih-tee) is the ability of a system or a product to work with other systems or products without special effort on the part of the customer.

  • O

    OAuth

    OAuth (Open Authorization) is an open protocol for token-based authentication and authorization on the Internet. OAuth, which is pronounced "oh-auth," allows an end users’ account information to be used by third-party services, such as Facebook, without exposing the user's password.

  • P

    polyfill

    A polyfill, also called a pollyfiller, is a small piece of JavaScript code that will mimic the API of a newer browser to provide functionality for an older browser. Such code may also be called a shim. In construction, a shim is a thin piece of wood or other material that can be used to fill a gap.

  • R

    RESTful API

    A RESTful application program interface breaks down a transaction to create a series of small modules, each of which addresses an underlying part of the transaction.

  • S

    SAX (Simple API for XML)

    SAX (Simple API for XML) is an application program interface (API) that allows a programmer to interpret a Web file that uses the Extensible Markup Language (XML) -- that is, a Web file that describes a collection of data.

  • W

    WS-I Organization (Web Services Interoperability)

    The WS-I (Web Services Interoperability) Organization is an association of IT industry companies, including IBM and Microsoft, that aim to create Web services specifications that all companies can use.

  • X

    XIPC

    XIPC is a middleware product that manages interprocess communication across programs in a network.

  • XMLHttpRequest

    XMLHttpRequest, also called XHR, is an application program interface (API) that was first used by Microsoft in version 5.0 of its Internet Explorer Web browser to function as an ActiveX object... (Continued)

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