The term “API” gets thrown around a lot these days, but what does it mean? What can you use an API for? Do you have to have a developer on your team to build or use an API? In this guide, we’ll explore all those questions and more, including a spotlight on the tools you can use as a non-technical founder to build your own APIs.
You don’t have to understand what an API is at this point, but if you do, feel free to skip the first section and move right into “Why Build an API?”. If you already know why you need one, then skip down to “Things to Consider When Building an API”, and if you are seasoned at building APIs but just want to know how you can build them without a developer, jump all the way down to “Tools for Building APIs Without Code”.
API stands for “Application Programming Interface.” Before I lose you with a bunch of technical jargon, let me put it in simple terms: an API is a way for computer programs to talk to each other.