The most popular types of API

Well, the world of APIs is vast and diverse! From REST to WebSocket, GRPS to SOAP – there’s an API for almost every need. But what do all these acronyms mean? Let’s take a closer look at each one and see how they differ from one another.

REST (Representational State Transfer) is the most popular type of API out there today. It allows developers to access web resources through standardized protocols like HTTP or HTTPS using methods such as GET, POST, PUT and DELETE requests. This makes it easy for applications on different platforms to communicate with each other without having any prior knowledge about their underlying architecture or data format used in communication between them.

WebSocket is a protocol that provides full-duplex communication channels over TCP connections between clients and servers via messages sent in either direction without requiring manual polling by either side during transmission timeouts which can happen when using traditional HTTP request/response techniques alone due to latency issues associated with network traffic congestion or server overloads etc.

gRPC (Remote Procedure Calls) is an open source remote procedure call (RPC) system originally developed by Google in 2015. HTTP/2 is used as the transport, and Protocol Buffers is used as the interface description language.

Finally we have SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol). This type of API focuses more heavily on security than its counterparts by providing message encryption along with support for digital signatures meaning that only authorized parties can access certain parts of your application if needed be – great if you want extra peace mind knowing your data won’t end up in wrong hands!