An Application Programming Interface key (API key) is a unique identifier used to initially identify a user, developer, or calling program to an API. However, its really a best practice to associate a project (rather than a human user) with the API. [DB comment: API providers will typically furnish a unique API key to a developer at the time that the developer registers a new project with the API provider]. The API key itself is typically a long string of randomized characters. Different platforms may implement and use API keys in different ways. [DB comment: Altough the term "key" suggests that it's a security mechanism for authentication, API Keys are too easily discovered by hackers and are most often used by API providers to generate usage statistics. For example, how many calls is specific application making to an API and is that volume of calls within the application's allowable quota]
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Binance, a cryptocurrency marketplace, has announced the release of the Fast API function, which is intended to help simplify common cryptocurrency integration tasks. This new API is generally available immediately, and users will need to reach out to the company for access.
Authenticating the identity of both people and organizations is crucial for application developers. There are hundreds of identity APIs available for everything from decentralized identity to IAM to biometrics. In this article, we highlight the ten most popular Identity APIs on ProgrammableWeb.
In order to stay relevant and successful as sellers, merchants need to keep up with the ongoing digital transformation of their sectors. Developers looking to create applications for savvy merchants can check out this list of the ten most popular APIs in ProgrammableWeb's Merchants category.
Shodan, a computer search engine that allows users to analyze servers connected to the internet, has announced a new stripped-down version of its API that is intended to simplify low-complexity integrations. The API doesn’t require an API key and has a significantly increased rate limit.
Interoperability in healthcare has been a significant focus in the health tech industry. APIs are a crucial developmental space towards improved interoperability and developers need to understand the latest in ensuring APIs are up to date including formatting, security, and documentation.
Just over a year ago, Amazon launched CodeGuru, a developer support tool that provides machine learning-powered code review and analysis. This tool has now gained a “Secrets Detector” that simplifies the process of scanning code for passwords, API keys, and credentials left in code by accident.