Before we expound on what an API call is, let’s first discuss some API basics.
What is an API?
API stands for Application Programming Interface. It can be defined as a set of protocols, procedures, and tools that allow interaction between two applications. It is the software intermediary that delivers a request to the server and then relays a response back to the client. APIs have become essential tools in the development of software applications as they speed the creation process. They provide initial building blocks required when creating a program. APIs help programmers to avoid reinventing the wheel every time they are creating an application.
APIs make the frequently repeated yet complex processes highly reusable without a lot of coding. They help developers to skip a few steps when creating a code, thereby saving time and enhancing productivity. Programmers can outsource all of the commodity functionalities to APIs and focus on the core and unique propositions of their applications.
What is an API Call?
Now that we have a gist of what an API is and what it does, let’s switch our attention to an API call. Simply put, the moment you add an endpoint to a URL and send a request to a server, this is what counts as making an API call. For example, when you log on to any app or ask a question via a browser, you are actually making an API call.
Still not getting the concept? Imagine you have just downloaded an app. Before you start using it, you will be required to fill in your email or password. The moment you hit the “enter button” to submit your details, you have made an API call.
In a nutshell, an API call is a process that takes place when you send a request after setting up your API with the correct endpoints. Your information is transferred, processed, and feedback is returned back.
How to Call an API Request on RapidAPI
There are several APIs developed by various companies in the market. For instance, RapidAPI is a robust platform where developers can find, test, and connect to APIs faster.
Here is how it works:
The first thing you need to do is to find the API you need. This can be achieved by browsing through the various categories or typing the specific API you are looking for in the search box.
For example, when you click on the SpotifyPublicAPI, you will get an overview of API package and a list of functions below it.
You can click on the endpoint you want to call and fill whatever you want in the parameter section. You can then press the test button and see what it displays. You can integrate the results with the application by choosing your programming language and copy the code.
RapidAPI will allow you to call multiple APIs and saves all your keys in one place so that you can focus on creating. When developing web applications, programmers need to make some API calls to get or update the data they are using.
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