APIs: why they are useful, and why browser-based plugins that sidestep them aren’t always a good idea

Table of Contents

What are APIs?

Library Analogy

Why do we have APIs?




Decoupling the frontend from the backend

Why aren’t browser-based plugins that sidestep APIs always a good idea?

When it can be a good idea

When it’s a bad idea

What’s the risk of not using an API if an application or website has one?

The risk for developers

The risk for users

Is it possible to make a browser plugin that also uses a website’s API?

API Keys



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