The PrintNow API is available for Enterprise clients to consume. Changes are requested occasionally that require the PrintNow core team to extend the API. This service is in place to help our customers with any automation need.
An API or application programming interface allows businesses to expose their applications’ data and functionality to external third-party developers & business partners within their companies. API’s enable services and products to communicate and leverage each other’s data and functionality via a documented interface. Developers use the interface to communicate with other products and services. Most widespread web applications today would not be achievable without APIs.
An API is a collection of specified rules that define how computers or applications communicate with one another. APIs exist between an application and the web server, serving as a layer that processes data transfer between systems.
Here’s how an API works:
The data transfer will vary depending on the web service. Both the requests and responses all occur via an API. User interfaces are designed for use by humans, and APIs are designed for a computer or application.
APIs deliver security by design because their position as middleman enables the interaction of functions between two solutions—the API endpoint decouples the consuming application from the methods providing the service. API calls typically contain authorization credentials to lower the threat of cyber attacks on the server, and an API gateway can restrict access to limit security threats. Also, HTTP headers, cookies, or query string parameters deliver more protection layers to the data during the interaction.
You can utilize an application programming interface to facilitate the process, whether using current tools or designing renewed ones. Some of the primary benefits of APIs include the following:
APIs permit companies to grant access to their resources while preserving security and control. This has evolved to be a valuable part of everyday business. Here are some typical examples of implementations you may encounter using PrintNow:
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