APIs on the web platform
As software developers working on the web platform, we interact with APIs every day.
Typically every project we work on involves either developing or consuming APIs, usually both.
APIs take many forms, as platform operating systems, web browsers and software libraries have their own APIs which are utilised by developers during the natural course of software development.
But it's Web APIs that are typically imagined when talking about APIs. A web API provides a programmatic interface to a service on the web, such as Twitter's API, Google's Places API, or the bespoke API that powers a mobile or web-based application, receiving requests from and providing data to the app.
In this article we discuss how we use the Postman application to build and test APIs, and how it forms a crucial piece of our API development workflow.