Thumbnail for video 'What Are APIs?'

← Back to videos

What Are APIs?

APIs are very technical, and yet they are used everywhere. Simply put: APIs allow different apps and services to work together in various ways. In this video, I'll highlight four ways in which APIs can be used: to access data, to hide complexity, to extend functionality, and for security/privacy reasons.


This video wouldn't be possible without the work of others. Here are the sources I've used during my research & script writing:

Application programming interface. (n.d.).
EDSAC. (n.d.).
Gazarov, P. (2016, August 13). What is an API? In English, please.
Hoffman, C. (2018, March 21). What Is an API?
Kastrenakes, J. (2018, March 21). Facebook will limit developers’ access to account data.
Sandoval, K. (2018, September 20). Who Invented the API?