Re: Esoteric terminological query -- APIs

Subject: Re: Esoteric terminological query -- APIs
From: puff -at- guild -dot- net
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 20 Oct 100 21:27:42 -0400 (EDT)


> OK, gang. I suspect that a pretty small subset of us deals in
> documenting Application Programming Interfaces.

> I'm documenting APIs for our product, and there are three flavors
> of API: [...]

> I'd like a "handle" I can use to refer to this set of three
> "ways to access the system".
> In the case of the C API, any language that can create calls that are
> The Java API is object oriented. Essentially for each call
> in the C API, there is a class in the Java API that is instantiated
> The COM API is not now object oriented, but might become so.
> Has any of you ever had to address this sort of a problem, where
> there are multiple APIs that provide entree to a system/product

Sounds like you're answering your own question. Call them "the
three APIs." As a programmer, I can tell you that wouldn't put me off
too much. Of course, I wouldn't be horribly put off by "protocol",
either, but API works just fine.

Steven J. Owens
puff -at- guild -dot- net

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