4 Reasons Every Web Developer Must Become Expert in APIs

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As a developer, you know that APIs are an integral part of literally every application that communicates with other applications. In other words, APIs are important to almost all apps because few apps operate in a void. Most connect in some way, shape or form with other applications, and so developing or modifying that interface is an important part of what you do.

1. Bridging the Barriers to Communication

It’s almost like being an interpreter between two people who don’t speak each other’s native language. They can work well together once a channel of communication is open, but until then, words (data) just keep bouncing around with nowhere to land. However, you know that!

2. Becoming an Expert in APIs Opens Doors

What you may not have considered would be all those doors open to you once you become an expert in APIs and are able to develop or build on APIs for businesses. That’s where you can expect a huge revenue stream if you make a name for yourself in the industry. Just think for a moment of how Uber started with a proprietary API and is now making it available for developers to build upon. Are you working with a delivery or courier service? Think of what building or modifying an API like this could do for your own company!

3. A Way to Help Businesses Pull from Large Databases

If you are looking for ways to increase your revenue stream, think about what it would do for you to build on a weather API for developers. So many businesses rely on workers or drivers in the field who may not be aware of any dangerous weather they may be encountering ahead. By developing a weather API that interfaces with NOAA or the National Weather Service, you could help those companies keep their remote workforce safe from such things as tornadoes, wildfires, and other “Acts of Nature” that might put them in danger if they didn’t take steps to stay out of harm’s way.

4. APIs to Enhance the UX

Don’t you just love it when a client asks you to speak English? They want to know what in the world you are talking about when you start pitching an API to enhance the UX. It’s time to come back down to earth from cyberspace to remember that not everyone understands that an API (Application Programming Interface) can help enhance the UX (User Experience). The goal of an API is to call up information so that they don’t need to go searching for it.

A good example of this would be how Amazon has an API that communicates with your Outlook account. As a product is ordered, shipped or delivered, the user is notified by email as to the status of that order. No one does anything above and beyond ordering the product and Amazon’s API is activated. That’s the communication between the Amazon marketplace and your email. See how that works? Your business customers will love you for making life better for their customers, who will want to return because you’ve made it so easy to find, order, and track what they were looking for.

Your key takeaway here is that as a developer, you must become an expert in coding and working with APIs because your largest source of revenue will come from business entities. Make like easier for them and they will line your pockets. It’s almost guaranteed.