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How to Explain APIs to Your Parents (Or Your Sales Team)

// 06.25.2015 // Platform API

Author’s Note: I am not a mechanic. I have never built a car. The views expressed herein do not represent the views of cars everywhere. I have spent the last four years trying to understand APIs. Whenever they have been explained to me, they inevitably are drawn on a whiteboard like this: And my take away has been that APIs are the bumpers around a system, which effectively means that I understand bupkis about how APIs work. So I decided to take a “Jess Do It Yourself” approach to this problem and create an explanation that makes sense to me, […]