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The OpenAPI Specification (OAS) defines a standard, language-agnostic interface to RESTful APIs which allows both humans and computers to discover and understand the capabilities of the service without access to source code, documentation, or through network traffic inspection. When properly defined, a consumer can understand and interact with the remote service with a minimal amount of implementation logic. An OpenAPI definition can then be used by documentation generation tools to display the API, code generation tools to generate servers and clients in various programming languages, testing tools, and many other use cases.
OpenAPI Document: A document (or set of documents) that defines or describes an API. An OpenAPI definition uses and conforms to the OpenAPI Specification. Only Maxpanda Company Admins will have access to mAPI through secure portals.
Private API: A private API is an interface that opens parts of an organisation’s backend data and application functionality for use by developers working within (or contractors working for) that organization. Private APIs are only exposed to internal developers therefore the API publishers have total control over what and how applications are developed. Private APIs offer substantial benefits with regards to internal collaboration. Using a private API across an organisation allows for greater shared awareness of the internal data models. As the developers are working for (or contracted by) one organisation, communication will be more direct and therefore they should be able to work more cohesively as a group. Private APIs can significantly diminish the development time needed to manipulate and build internal systems that maximise productivity and create customer-facing applications that improve market reach and add value to existing offerings.
Open API: In contrast to a private API, an open API is publicly available for all developers to access. They allow developers, outside of an organisation's workforce, to access backend data that can then be used to enhance their own applications. Open APIs can significantly increase revenue without the business having to invest in hiring new developers making them a very profitable software application. However, it is important to remember that opening back end information to the public can create a range of security and management challenges. For example, publishing open APIs can make it harder for organisations to control the experience end users have with their information assets. Open API publishers cannot assume client apps built on their APIs will offer a good user experience. Furthermore, they cannot fully ensure that client apps maintain the look and feel of their corporate branding.
Open APIs in business: Open APIs can be used by businesses seeking to leverage the ever-growing community of freelancing developers who have the ability to create innovative applications that add value to their core business. Open APIs are favoured in the business sphere as they simultaneously increase the production of new ideas without investing directly in development efforts. Businesses often tailor their APIs to target specific developer audiences that they feel will be most effective in creating valuable new applications. However, an API can significantly diminish an application's functionality if it is overloaded with features.
Open API business chart: For example, Yahoo's open search API allows developers to integrate Yahoo search into their own software applications. The addition of this API provides search functionality to the developer's application whilst also increasing search traffic for Yahoo's search engine hence benefitting both parties. With respect to Facebook and Twitter, we can see how third parties have enriched these services with their own code. For example, the ability to create an account on an external site/app using your Facebook credentials is made possible using Facebook's open API. Many large technology firms, such as Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook, allow the use of their service by third parties and competitors.
Open APIs on the Web: With the rise in prominence of HTML5 and Web 2.0, the modern browsing experience has become interactive and dynamic and this has, in part, been accelerated through the use of open APIs. Some open APIs fetch data from the database behind a website and these are called Web APIs. For example, Google's YouTube API allows developers to integrate YouTube into their applications by providing the capability to search for videos, retrieve standard feeds, and see related content. Web APIs are used for exchanging information with a website either by receiving or by sending data. When a web API fetches data from a website, the application makes a carefully constructed HTTP request to the server the site is stored on. The server then sends data back in a format your application expects (if you requested data) or incorporates your changes to the website (if you sent data).
API is the best way of connecting software engineers and sharing valuable data and developments. Through API, programmers access a network of shared pieces of code and useful experiences. However, to access them they need clear documentation. Noteworthy that earlier there was not only industry standard for developing APIs, but there was no standard for documenting them. Swagger emerged as an approach to building APIs and soon became the most popular framework for this purpose. Two years ago Swagger specification was renamed the OpenAPI Specification and moved to the Linux Foundation. What's important, a Swagger framework is supported by such corporations as Maxpanda, Google, Microsoft, and Atlassian. Also, giants like Yelp and Netflix have already used it in their work.
What is Swagger: Swagger is the largest framework for designing APIs using a common language and enabling the development across the whole API lifecycle, including documentation, design, testing, and deployment. The framework provides a set of tools that help programmers generate client or server code and install self-generated documentation for web services.
INTEGRATION WITH BI TOOLS
- "Scheduled Data File" script creation from Maxpanda. Our highly knowledgeable tech team will create a custom scheduler work flow.
- "File Importer" script creation from Maxpanda. Our highly knowledgeable tech team will create a custom File Importer work flow.
- Clients Development team may consume API / Data files by building their own UI using choice of BI tools. Maxpanda can provide services to build custom integrations as per client’s request.
INTEGRATION WITH MAXPANDA API OR ZAPIER
- Custom mAPI Integration Layer script creation
- Custom Report Files - an amazing UI for clients to connect storage Accounts such as Google Drive, SFTP, Dropbox, Amazon S3 etc... Includes a UI to schedule data file delivery using an Incremental or Full data stream
- Schedule API Jobs - Generate files & deliver to client storage account