Glossary of Printing & Digital Media Terms

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Application Programmer Interface. The rules by which an externally developed program can talk to the application. A language and message format used by an application program to communicate with the operating system or other system program such as a database management system (DBMS). APIs are implemented by writing function calls in the program, which provide the linkage to a specific subroutine for execution. Thus, an API implies that some program module or routine is either already in place or that must be linked in to perform the tasks requested by the function call.

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