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API

Abbreviation of application program interface, a set of routines, protocols, and tools for building software applications. A good API makes it easier to develop a program by providing all the building blocks. A programmer puts the blocks together.

Most operating environments, such as MS-Windows, provide an API so that programmers can write applications consistent with the operating environment. Although APIs are designed for programmers, they are ultimately good for users because they guarantee that all programs using a common API will have similar interfaces. This makes it easier for users to learn new programs.



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  API Standards
Provides information on standards that provide standardized forms of application program interfaces (APIs). Updated on Apr 1, 1998

  API Standards document
Contains the Guidelines for API Standardization from the Joint ISO/IEC Technical Committee. Updated on Dec 18, 1997

  ATM APIs
A Data Communications Magazine article describing the use of APIs in ATM networks. Updated on Aug 5, 1998

  DOS Protected Mode Interface (DPMI)
This is a programmer's reference copy of the DOS Protected Mode Interface, a protected mode API specification for DOS extended applications. Updated on Aug 1, 1998

  TechTools SDK/API Index
Links to SDK information located within Microsoft, Netscape and Sun Web sites. Updated on Jul 16, 1998

  Win32 Concepts and Features
Contains a set of articles that describe several of the interesting features in the Win32 API. These features let you build high-end 32-bit applications in Windows NT and Windows 95.

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