As we march into the future, we need to keep up with technology and the design methodologies that surround it. If not, our solutions will lack efficacy in today’s market. Why do we want to move from P2P connectivity and move towards an API-led connectivity model? Also, what is an API-led connectivity model and what benefits would it have for software solutions moving forward? These questions will be answered in this article.
The Application Programming Interface (API) led connectivity is the future in connecting one platform to another in part or whole. High-level and low-level processes and applications can be created to operate on different layers of the API. An API is the 'fabric' that keeps all pieces together and connected.
For example, if you sell an item on eBay and you choose to purchase a shipping label, eBay’s API connects the user to the shipping company, and everything is a cohesive process that, from the user’s point of view, is one process and happened completely through the eBay service. API’s are the key to access many other services and platforms available today. More on that later!
Point to Point (P2P) is fully described in its name. One point of the system is directly connected to the other point to carry out an operation. Once a developer begins to stack these P2P systems into layers and even chains of P2P processes, it is virtually impossible to change one part of that system without a complete reconstruction. With computing in the modern age, P2P systems are practically obsolete. Enter API-led connectivity! API-led connectivity operates in three layers; the System layer, Process layer, and finally, the Experience layer.
The system layer is likened to the foundation of the entire system and accesses the core systems within the architecture. However, the system layer also provides a level of separation between the user and complex systems between it and other layers, which is ideal in modern computing.
Process layer API’s perform the pushing and moving for the user. It performs processes on data within the system it belongs to or in other connected systems that are within the architecture of the overall system design. It indeed operates in the center of the API-Led Connectivity stack with no dependency on the source or target systems, becoming one of the most powerful selling points of API-led connectivity as a design model.
The experience layer makes data manipulation, rearrangement and configuring extremely easy. Methodologies can be removed or added as needed elegantly and straightforwardly.
There are many benefits to API-led connectivity. Here are a few that stand out to us.
Never has it been easier to connect multiple systems and to make one cohesive and easy-to-use solution on a single platform and should be at the top of your list of methodologies while preparing for your next project! No matter the application or demands your clients have, API-led connectivity is the answer moving forward to ensure that your solutions will be best suited for the computing needs of today’s users.