This article is part of a multi-part series about interesting APIs that were added to our directory during 2017. Health, IoT, and Environment APIs are covered in this segment. The APIs were chosen by our researchers, by popularity according to website traffic, and by mentions on social media.
The Internet runs on standards. Without standards, we wouldn't have the Domain Name System (DNS) which resolves hostnames to Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, or the HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) which served up this very web page. Even web service APIs, which can vary wildly depending on the back-end service, depend on standards like XML and JSON to make third-party development possible. And now, the W3C is jumping into the fray with a Working Draft for a general webapp Push API.