Application programming interfaces (API) are protocols for creating and integrating application software that allows two systems to communicate. Each API has documentation and specification that defines how information can be transmitted and displayed on a web page. APIs are divided into SOAP or REST, and they are used to access web services. SOAP relies solely on XML to provide messaging, while REST is a more straightforward method that uses URLs to receive or send information, uses four HTTP 1.1 commands (GET, POST, PUT, and DELETE) to perform tasks.
What is an API Endpoint?
API Endpoint is simply a unique URL that represents an object or collection of objects. The place where APIs send requests and where the resource is located is called the endpoint. Each endpoint is a place from which APIs can access the resources they need to perform their function.
What are the APIs used for?
APIs are used to transfer important information, make banking transactions, automate processes, and more. The performance of an API depends on its ability to communicate effectively with API endpoints. API Endpoints indicate where clients can access resources and play a key role in ensuring that software functions correctly.
Why monitor API endpoints?
Each interaction with a device requires using one or more APIs, and these APIs often use other APIs to provide their services. A simple transaction can require several API requests, and if any of these APIs fail, it can cause delays or failures in the client application. By monitoring API Endpoints, you can ensure that you will detect problems before real users encounter them.