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About Random APIs
There are APIs for just about anything you can think of in today’s world of online connectivity. However, if you are struggling to categorize the particular one you are looking for, it will likely fall under the ‘random’ category.
What is an API?
API stands for Application Programming Interface, and they are the middleman of communications between machines. In short, they allow two applications to share data and talk to one another. Anytime you perform a task on your phone like sending a Facebook message, checking ticket prices or the weather, or looking up game stats, you interact with an API.
How does an API work?
Modern APIs are based on protocols like HTTP (hypertext transfer protocol) and RESTful (Representational State Transfer). In addition, developers can use almost any current programming language to build their APIs, like C#, Java, Ruby, Perl, Python, and even the more straightforward PHP.
In layman’s terms, the application you are utilizing is connected to the internet, sends your request to a server, then the data is sent back through the API and presented to you in a manner that you can readily interpret.
Who uses APIs?
Even without knowing it, anyone who has used the internet has likely benefited from an API. They are so widespread and integral to today’s world that many online businesses depend on them for a large chunk of their revenue.
Why are APIs important?
Without APIs, machines would not have the ability to communicate and transfer data. Furthermore, APIs provide a layer of security. For instance, when you search for airline tickets online, the ticketing agency does not have full access to your computer or phone and vice versa. Thanks to the intermediate API, only the necessary packets of data are processed and sent.
What can you expect from a Random API?
Any API that does not fall into a specific category would be considered a random API. So, if you are building an application and decide you want to throw in random facts, quotes, or dad jokes, you can still find an API for it.
No matter what type of API you require, you should expect them to communicate effectively, return the information you are looking for, and keep the data transfer secure on both ends.
Are there examples of free Random APIs?
- Dad Jokes
- Random User
- Famous Quotes
- Random German Profiles and Names Generator
- Random Famous Quotes
Random API SDKs
All Random APIs are supported and made available in multiple developer programming languages and SDKs including:
- Java (Android)
- C# (.NET)
Just select your preference from any API endpoints page.
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