15 APIs every developer should know

DEVELOPMENT: Over the last decade, the development community has grown obsessed with public APIs, and the development of them continues to explode. (Foto: Istock)

15 APIs every developer should know

IDG NEWS: From AI and AR to transportation and telephony, these web APIs open up all kinds of intriguing possibilities to developers.

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Was it Isaac Newton who said he saw further because he stood on the shoulders of giants? APIs are like pithy, epigrammatic quotes for those who write code. They let programmers see further and stand on the shoulders of giants.

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Google’s Cloud Anchors API, for instance, allows Android apps to mark coordinates in 3D space so that multiple users can create a collaborative collection of words, lines, objects, and other enhancements. You might use this for business meetings, discussions, or games. Google’s Light Board game lets two people compete in a board game in “AR space,” with a hidden markup of reality that only those with access can watch.
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