Mobile applications are a huge part of everyday life for most of us, whether you’re a business person needing to respond to a client’s email, a student having to check homework assignment online, or a mom who is using her mobile phone to shop for groceries. Using a mobile device is the first choice to perform these and many other functions on what used to be relegated to strictly laptops and desktops. Mobile apps and smartphones are used in many ways and are the preferred choice of people who own them to conduct different tasks while on the go.
For these mobile applications to function flawlessly, there are a lot of things that need to come together to make things work so that users see a seamless and fluid transition from screen to screen. One of the most important aspects of mobile app development is API’s. Most of us don’t know what they are, but if developers didn’t implement these well, mobile apps would not be as user-friendly.
What is an API and why is it so important in mobile application development, Wikipedia defines API’s below.
Application program interface (API) is a set of routines, protocols, and tools for building software applications. An API specifies how software components should interact. Additionally, APIs are used when programming graphical user interface (GUI) components. A good API makes it easier to develop a program by providing all the building blocks. A programmer then puts the blocks together.
Mobile apps built with API’s allow for multi-platform development, not only for iOS and Android but also for web apps, this development strategy is enabling companies to add more mobile apps within their budgets.
Benefits of API Services:
- Eliminates redundant stack setup for each app.
- Eliminates boilerplate code.
- All within one model.
These benefits help developers to build apps faster, but also helps them link their software and applications to cloud-based storage, developers also like this API strategy for building apps because it eliminates redundant stack setup and repeated code.