Api

00george

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00george

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Im only 13 and don't really understand what it says on wiki I was hoping someone could put it into simplar terms. I have used a api before though.

Alexin

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Think of an API as a contract between you and the provider. Use it to communicate with its components.

For example, Mochi provides an API for Mochi Ads. The API tells you what you can do.
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00george

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Ok thanks. I always used to think of an api as a short way of writing a long bit of code lets say there was a api method called walk to house and I used that. I thought that would just save me ages coding walk to house by hand.

00george

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Um im really sorry but whats a framework?

captaincomic

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There are libraries and frameworks. Both contain methods or classes (a class is basically just a collection of methods (operating on common data)).

A library does some specific task for you, so that you don't have to code it yourself.
E.g. a image manipulation library will have some methods to scale an image or modify the colors.

A framework does even more for you, it is like the frame of your application, and only leaves some methods for you to implement.
E.g. a GUI framework: you just have to write the layout and write what happens when you click the buttons, everything else is done by the framework.


00george

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Thank you very It was nice and easy to understand :)