Web Tools APIs

The evolution and changes of APIs over time.

A web API is an application programming interface (API) for either a web server or a web browser. As a web development concept, it can be related to a web application's client side (including any web frameworks being used). A server-side web API consists of one or more publicly exposed endpoints to a defined request–response message system, typically expressed in JSON or XML by means of an HTTP-based web server. A server API (SAPI) is not considered a server-side web API, unless it is publicly accessible by a remote web application.

Beginning with stripes history in 2011, it is said that they began from “seven lines of code” for the business to power payments on stripe. Shown below. Later developing stripe.js which is what is widely used today. USPS API has only been recently developed as of January of 2023.